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Laurie Briggs Young


Laurie Young joined Adams and Reese in 1991 and is a Partner in the Litigation Group focusing her practice on the litigation of maritime and energy, labor and employment, and general litigation matters. Laurie has defended claims in many venues including state and federal courts, and the office of administrative law judges.

While aggressively defending pending litigation, Laurie works diligently with clients to contemplate and prevent future litigation. She believes preventing litigation is the best way to serve clients, and through in-house training programs and emergency response preparedness when accidents first occur, she helps her clients reduce their risk. 

Her other significant contributions include:

  • Representation of oil companies - Shell Oil, oilfield service companies - Eurest Support Services, drilling companies - Helmerich and Payne International Drilling Co., and employers in Jones Act and LHWCA claims.
  • Representing municipalities, public agencies and employers in labor disputes including Title VII, ADA, and collective FLSA litigation.
  • Representing a wide variety of clients including hotels - Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, Wyndham International - and general businesses - Varian Medical Systems, Inc., DHL WorldWide, Inc., WD-40 Company - in general litigation matters including premises liability, products liability and workers’ compensation claims.

Laurie is a frequent guest lecturer at Louisiana law schools as well as at private seminars and in-house programs developed for individual clients or client groups. She is active in representation of pro bono clients, primarily in juvenile courts in the greater New Orleans area.  She is a member of the Federal Bar, Louisiana Bar and New Orleans Bar Associations as well as the Defense Research Institute.

Laurie was selected a 2013 Loyola Alumni “Women in Law” Honoree, which recognized female alumnae who have demonstrated professional achievement in the practice of law as well as a strong involvement in the community. Laurie was also named among the 2012 "Women of the Year" by New Orleans CityBusiness, and for a second time in 2016.

In the community, Laurie has been active as a member of the Junior Achievement of Greater New Orleans' Board of Governors since 2012 and serves on its Executive Committee.  She is also involved in fund raising efforts for other non-profits serving students, such as Children's Bureau of New Orleans, Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans, and community organizations such as Jefferson Performing Arts Society.

Laurie and her husband have raised three children and are very much enjoying their three young grandchildren.