Laurent represents individuals, government entities, and businesses in both complex and simple litigation, through trial and appeals. He has experience in a wide variety of civil fields, including commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime, personal injury and casualty defense, insurance, and First Amendment law. He has also advised clients of various sizes on transactional matters, including business formation, mergers, and acquisitions. He is admitted to practice before all Louisiana and Mississippi State and Federal Courts.
Laurent studied Political Science at U.C. Santa Barbara and then attended Tulane University Law School, where he received a juris doctor with certification in Admiralty law in 2006. While at Tulane, he served as a justice on the Tulane Moot Court Board and a student attorney with the Tulane Criminal Clinic.
Laurent has made homes in both the US and France. He currently lives in New Orleans with his wife Mollye and their two daughters.
- Champagne v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., et al., 2019-CA-0334 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2019). Employer’s claim for defense and indemnity against employee’s liability insurer dismissed. Employee’s insurer paid policy limits and subsequently rejected tender of defense by excess carrier. Appellate court held that primary insurer had no obligation to fund continued defense of the case by the employer once its limits were exhausted.
- Muller v. Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department, et al., 2019-CA-0156, 275 So.3d 927 (La. App. 4 Cir 2019). Fourth Circuit affirming dismissal of defamation case under Louisiana’s anti-SLAPP statute.
- Cruz v. Creecy, et al., 2018-CA-127, 254 So.2d 817 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2018). Appellate court affirmed trial court’s defense judgment based on lack of causation in personal injury matter.
- Sims, et al. v. Vides, et al., 24th JDC No. 767-734. Jury verdict in favor of defendants.
- Bennett v. Moscano, et al., 18-C-179 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2018), writ denied 251 So.3d 1085 (La. 8/31/18). Writ granted by Fifth Circuit, reinstating Parish Government’s right to jury trial under La. R.S. § 13:5105D. Subsequently, following a four day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict (40th JDC, St. John the Baptist Parish, No. 70,238).
- Defended movie stunt company in traumatic brain injury case with potential exposure of over $5,000,000, obtaining favorable settlement days before trial set to commence.
- Represented offshore exploration company in connection with spinal injuries causing paraplegia, involving extensive indemnity and liability issues.
- Represented defendant employee of offshore supply company in personal injury case involving severe traumatic brain injury, permanent disability, and punitive damage exposure.
- Represented Louisiana oilfield support company in multi-million dollar Federal litigation related to construction of facilities on Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota.
- Represented offshore supply company in multi-million dollar dispute with contractor over oil spill cleanup efforts.
- Defended landowner in connection with wrongful death claims, obtaining settlement of less than $50,000. Later jury trial resulted in an award of over $2.5 million.
- Obtained trial judgment in favor of subsidiary of publicly traded multinational company related to contractual dispute over barge construction.
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Professional & Community Affiliations
- Defense Research Institute
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Mississippi Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 2006
U.C. Santa Barbara, B.A., 2002
Bar & Court Admissions
- Louisiana, 2006
- Mississippi, 2007
- U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, 2006
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2006
- U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, 2007