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J.D., with high honors, The George Washington University Law School; Order of the Coif

M.S. Ed, University of Pennsylvania

B.A., magna cum laude, University of Pennsylvania

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Member, The George Washington Law Review

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District of Columbia Bar

Supreme Court of the United States

U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Laura leads the Insurance Appellate Group at Wiley Rein LLP. She is described by LawDragon 500 Magazine as “one of the most successful advocates for the insurance industry to ever practice” and recently was named Washington, DC Insurance “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers (2017). Laura has experience handling a wide range of trial and appellate matters involving complex insurance claims. She has served as lead counsel in insurance disputes involving environmental and toxic tort, construction defect, personal and advertising injury, employment liability, product liability, mass tort, and bad faith claims. Practicing for more than 25 years, she has participated in more than 200 appeals nationwide and has made significant contributions to the development of key insurance law precedents across the country.

A former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section, Laura is praised by Chambers USA as “a highly experienced appellate lawyer” who frequently handles “novel and ground-breaking cases” and “knows coverage issues A-Z” (2016), and by LawDragon 500 Magazine as “the best in the business at protecting insurers facing all types of major claims with an unmatched track record in significant trials and appellate cases” (2014).

In addition to her litigation work, Laura counsels insurers on emerging exposures, currently addressing issues such as cyber risk, privacy and data breach claims, and risks and opportunities relating to autonomous vehicles and the commercial use of unmanned aircraft systems (“UAS” or, more commonly, drones). On behalf of both individual insurers and industry trade groups, she advocates for insurers in legislative and regulatory matters. Laura is regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington, DC’s “Leading Lawyers” for insurers in commercial insurance work, is included in the Best Lawyers in America directory for insurance law, and has been named one of Washington, DC’s “Top 100 Lawyers” (2012-2016), “Top 50 Women Lawyers” (2009, 2011-2016), “Top 10 Lawyers” (2015), and “Super Lawyers” for Insurance Coverage (2008-2016), among many other honors.

Representative Experience

  • Lead trial and appellate counsel in a wide range of insurance matters. Represents insurers in coverage disputes involving environmental claims, construction, products liability, and privacy and cyber claims, among others.
  • Argued before numerous federal circuits and state appellate courts. Has participated in more than 200 appellate cases including key national precedents on insurance issues. Represented the U.S. Chamber of Commerce as amicus curiae before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in Perras v. H&R Block. The Eighth Circuit affirmed denial of class certification and in doing so, cited Wiley Rein’s amicus brief in its opinion.
  • Significant experience representing insurer trade groups on a wide variety of issues affecting the business of insurance. Represented Complex Insurance Claims Litigation Association (CICLA), the American Insurance Association, and Property Casualty Insurers Association of America as amici curiae before the Connecticut Supreme Court in Recall Total Information Management v. Federal Insurance. The court held that a “data breach” claim did not trigger Coverage B of a CGL policy. 
  • Counsels property and casualty insurers on emerging risks and litigation trends including unmanned aircraft systems, autonomous automobiles, cyber-liability, global warming (climate change), nanotechnology, fracking, and Section 111 Medicare compliance.
  • Assists insurers in drafting policy forms and endorsements, offering strategic suggestions and form language to meet product goals and regulatory requirements.
  • Represents insurers in arbitrations, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation proceedings. Handles multi-party negotiations involving private claimants, multiple carriers, and insureds.
  • Advocates for insurers in legislative and regulatory matters, including providing technical analysis of insurance issues, testifying before legislative committees, and analyzing and formulating regulatory and legislative proposals.
  • Contributes to pro bono and community service activities, including hosting annual Summer Law Day for incoming students at Thurgood Marshall Academy.


  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC) (2008-2011)
    • Co-Chair (2012-2013) and Member (2013-2014), Section of Litigation, Sound Advice Committee
    • Member, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • Member, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel (ACCEC)
  • Center for Public Resources, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the Inter-Insurer Program
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Co-Chair (2002-2004) and Steering Committee Member (2002-2007), Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section
  • Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 Insurance (2013-2015)
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)
    • Founding Co-Chair, Insurance Law Forum (2008-2012)


  • Named the Washington, DC Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America directory (2017); Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Insurance Law (2008-2017)
  • Named one of DC’s “Top 100 Lawyers” (2012-present), “Top 10 Lawyers” (2015), “Top 50 Women Lawyers” (2009, 2011-Present), and “Super Lawyers” for Insurance Coverage (2008-Present) by Super Lawyers magazine
  • Listed by Chambers USA as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” in Insurance (2002-Present)
  • Named one of Euromoney's "Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation" (2015-Present)
  • Named one of Washington’s “Best Lawyers” by Washingtonian magazine (2011)
  • Named to Business Insurance magazine’s list of “Women to Watch” (2011); and “100 Leading Women” in Insurance (2000)
  • Named one of Law360’s “10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys” (2010)
  • Included in The International Who’s Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2010-Present)
  • Included in Legal Media Group’s: Insurance and Reinsurance Lawyers Expert Guide (2006-Present); Women in Business Law Expert Guide, for Insurance and Reinsurance (2010, 2012-Present)
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a “recommended lawyer” in Insurance Law (2012-2013, 2015-2016)
  • Named by Lawdragon as one of “500 Leading Lawyers in America” (2010-2014) and as one of "3000 Leading Lawyers in America” (2006-2007)
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell’s highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability

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