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Judy Barrasso

Member

Education

Tulane University Law School, J.D. Summa Cum Laude, 1981

University of Tennessee, Masters of Science in Social Work, 1976

California State University, Fullerton, California, B.A., 1973

Recognitions

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

International Society of Barristers, President

Litigation Council of America, Fellow

Lawdragon: 500 Leading Lawyers, 2013-2016

Chambers USA, Ranked in Band 1, Litigation: General Commercial

Best Lawyers, Bet-the-Company Litigation 'Lawyer of the Year' New Orleans, 2012, 2015

Best Lawyers, since 2001

Benchmark Litigation, Louisiana’s Litigator of the Year, 2012

Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, since 2008

Benchmark Litigation, Top 250 Women in Litigation, since 2013

Diversity Journal, “Women Worth Watching,” 2013

Louisiana Super Lawyers, Top 10 since 2009, Ranked #1 in 2017

New Orleans CityBusiness, Top 50 Lawyers

New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers

Louisiana Bar Foundation, Distinguished Attorney Award, 2016

Association of Women Attorneys, Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Judy Barrasso is a founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, and includes complex commercial litigation matters and class actions involving insurance coverage and bad faith, director and officer liability, securities fraud, and commercial contracts.

Judy has been ranked by Chambers USA as a top commercial litigator, by Benchmark Litigation as a Litigation Star, and by the Diversity Journal as among 200 corporate executives deemed “Women Worth Watching”.  She has also been recognized among Louisiana Super Lawyers’ Top 10, Benchmark Litigation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation, and Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers in America. In 2017, Louisiana Super Lawyers ranked Judy as Number One among lawyers in the State of Louisiana. According to Chambers, Judy “has a reputation as a formidable trial lawyer,” “stands ‘head and shoulders above much of the competition,’ and is “considered one of the state’s finest litigators.”

Judy is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow and President of the International Society of Barristers, organizations that select their members. She is Immediate Past-President of the New Orleans Bar Association. Judy is the 2016 recipient of the Louisiana Bar Foundation's Distinguished Attorney Award. Judy has taught as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, and at continuing legal education programs throughout the United States. She previously served as a board member and then chair of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board from 2001-2005. She also serves on the Attorney Disciplinary Committee of the United States District Court for the Eastern District by the Court’s appointment.

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Notable Representations

Insurance Litigation

  • National Coordinating Counsel for Insurer in Sandy Storm litigation.
  • Court appointed Insurer Liaison Counsel in Hurricane Katrina litigation.
  • Court appointed Insurer Liaison in Chinese Drywall MDL.
  • Court appointed Insurer Liaison Counsel in putative legionella class action.
  • Led the defense of multiple insurers in thousands of class actions and coverage disputes arising out of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Led team defending insurer in statewide Preferred Provider Organization litigation, including successful arguments at U.S. 5th Circuit and Louisiana Supreme Court.
  • Led trial team successfully defending commercial general liability insurer in coverage trial in federal court in Houston.
  • Successful defense of director and officer liability insurer against environmental claims in a class action arising out of a chemical spill
  • Led trial team defending commercial general liability insurers in environmental coverage case in New Mexico arising out of multiple mine sites in New Mexico and Arizona.
  • Defending excess commercial liability insurer in a MDL securities litigation class action suit.
  • Defense of excess insurer against a bad faith claim coverage dispute in multidistrict litigation related to a large oil spill.
  • Defense of excess insurer in multi state coverage litigation arising out of sinkhole damage.

Commercial Litigation

  • Member of trial team successfully defending retailer in collective action under Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Successfully represented international oil and gas company in an arbitration involving multi-million dollar contract dispute.
  • Co-counsel for large independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company in suit relating to arbitration involving multi-million dollar drilling contract dispute.
Professional and Civic Activities

Judy is a Commissioner of the New Orleans Downtown Development District, and the Immediate Past Chair.  She is a Board Member of the Contemporary Arts Center. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Newman School, the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Summerbridge, Dress For Success, and the Anti-Defamation League (South Central Region). Judy was named a Young Leadership Council Role Model in 2004, a YWCA Role Model in 2000, and a CityBusiness ‘Women of the Year’ honoree in 2001 and 2014.

News
Publications and Presentations

Presentations

Judy has spoken at numerous seminars on a variety of litigation issues, including:

  • "Class Actions & Complex Litigation," Panelist, New Orleans Bar Association's Bench Bar Conference (April 2014)
  • “Damages,” Panelist, New Orleans Bar Association’s Masters of the Courtroom CLE (December 2012)
  • "Post-Disaster Issues: Lessons Learned from Katrina and the BP Oil Spill”, Panelist, Appellate Judges Education Institute Summit (November 2012)
  • “Big Easy Bootcamp: Basic Training for Lawyering in New Orleans”, New Orleans Bar Association (October 2012)
  • “Deposing Non-Medical Experts: Beating the Other Side at its Own Game,” Louisiana State Bar Association Taking Depositions That Win Cases (November 2011)
  • “Status of Insurance Coverage Cases – Pollution Exclusion and Manifestation of Damages,” Chinese Drywall Litigation Conference (October 2011)
  • “Daubert Motions,” Louisiana State Bar Association’s Motion Practice CLE (March 2011)
Past Experience
  • Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, L.L.C.