Lauren A. Welch

Lauren A. Welch

(504) 846-8464
lwelch@mcsalaw.com

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Lauren Welch’s areas of practice  include the representation of insurers in matters relating to life, health, and disability coverage involving issues arising both under state law and ERISA.  She has successfully litigated issues involving the applicability of ERISA to insurance policies issued to individuals, as well as policies issued to employers providing benefits to employees.  She has also litigated issues involving an insurer’s right to rescind insurance policies based on fraud and misrepresentation.  She frequently defends claims involving the applicable scope and standard of review in long- and short-term disability claims, as well as life claims, arising under ERISA.

Before joining the firm in January 2003, Ms. Welch was a member of the firm of McGlinchey Stafford (1985-2003).  Her prior litigation experience is in the areas of general casualty, intentional tort claims, premises liability, civil rights, toxic tort, and insurance coverage issues.  She has practiced in both state and federal trial and appellate courts and has successfully handled numerous appeals before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Education
B.S., Louisiana State University, 1982.
J.D., Louisiana State University, 1985

Admissions
Louisiana
Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas
United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas

Memberships
The Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
The Defense Research Institute
Louisiana State Bar Association
Texas State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Federal Fifth Circuit Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
Jefferson Bar Association
Delta Theta Phi
Association of Women Attorneys