Jennifer M. Lawrence

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Jennifer Lawrence practices primarily in the areas of life, health, and disability insurance defense litigation. She has represented insurers, reinsurers, third party administrators, employers and insurance agents. She serves clients as trial and appellate counsel in cases involving claims for employee benefits under employer sponsored benefit plans, including plans governed by the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (“ERISA”). She also litigates, in Louisiana state and federal courts, cases which involve issues regarding conflicting claims to insurance benefits (interpleaders and state court concursus actions); the interpretation of insurance and annuity contracts; agent and/or broker misrepresentations; material misrepresentations and rescission of contracts; subrogation and over payment claims; managed care; and market conduct.

Areas of Focus


Newcomb College of Tulane University (B.A., summa cum laude, 1992)
Tulane University (J.D., magna cum laude, 1995)

Courts Admitted

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
Louisiana State Courts
Chitimacha Tribal Court, State of Louisiana


Phi Beta Kappa
Order of the Coif
Moot Court Board

Reported Cases

Hartford Life and Accident Insurance Company v. Varnado, 2016 WL 2354539 (M.D. La.)
Johnson v. Williams, 163 So. 2d 880 (La. App 2nd Cir. 2015)
Kemp v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, 2015 WL 12564183 (E.D. La.)
Warren v. Geller, et al, 924 F. Supp. 2d 713 (E.D. La. 2013)
Venable v. Prudential Ins. Co., 86 So. 3d 101 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2012).
Paretti v. General Motors Corp., 91 So. 3d 323 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2012).
Turner v. OM Financial Life Ins. Co., 822 F. Supp. 2d 633 (W.D. La. 2011)
Schexnayder v. Hartford Life and Accident Ins. Co., 600 F.3d 465 (5th Cir. 2010)
Touro Infirmary v. American Maritime Officer, 34 So.3d 878 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2010)
Schully v. Continental Cas. Co., 380 Fed. Appx. 437 (5th Cir. 2010)
Compensation Specialties, LLC v. New England Mutual Life Ins. Co., 6 So.3d 275 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2009), writ den. (2009)
Louisiana Workers Compensation Corp. v. The Hartford, 616 F. Supp.2d 608 (M.D. La. 2008)
Posey v. Standard Ins. Co., 584 F. Supp. 2d 903 (W.D.La. 2008)
Janies v. Metropolitan Life Ins. Co., 247 Fed. Appx. 487 (5th Cir. 2007)
Pulaski v. Standard Ins. Co., 247 Fed. Appx 526 (5th Cir. 2007)
Louisiana Worker’s Comp. Corp. v. The Hartford, 616 F. Supp. 2d 608 (M.D. La. 2006)
Carroll v. United Omaha Life Ins. Co., 378 F. Supp. 2d 741 (E. D. La. 2005)
New York Life Ins. Co. v. Deshotel, No. 96-31260, 142 F.3d 873 (5th Cir. 1998)
Berthelot v. Travelers Ins. Co., No. 96-3121, 973 F. Supp. 596 (E. D. La. 1997)
Metropolitan Life Ins. Co. v. Hawkins, 970 F. Supp. 550 (E.D. La. 1997)
Wynn v. Washington National Ins. Co., 122 F. 3d 266 (5th Cir. 1997)


  • Contributor and Fifth Circuit Editor ERISA Survey of Federal Circuits Brooks Magratten, ed. (ABA)
  • “Life Insurance Update,” DRI Life, Health and Disability Seminar, 2006, Speaker Panel Member
  • “Recent Cases of Interest,” DRI National Meeting, Life, Health and Disability Committee Meeting, 2007
  • “ERISA Attorney’s Fee Awards: Life After Hardt”, DRI Life, Health and Disability Seminar 2014, Speaker