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Jeffrey A. Clayman

Jeff advises clients and litigates cases in a wide range of matters focusing on first- and third-party insurance disputes and commercial litigation.


Jeff has experience handling a wide range of matters with a focus on tort litigation, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. A substantial part of his practice consists of representing insurance companies in coverage disputes and defending direct actions including claims of bad faith and loss of business income. He advises clients, tries cases, and manages disputes in a variety of cases including toxic torts, wrongful death, premises liability, construction defects, commercial transportation, and product liability. Additionally, Jeff regularly works with insurance agents, brokers, and attorneys on professional liability claims. He handles cases in Louisiana and Florida state and federal courts, where he is admitted, and has represented clients in matters throughout the southern United States.


Jeff also presents and writes on a variety of topics from ethics to the evaluation of damages.

Practice Areas


  • Phelps Dunbar, LLP

  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Patricia H. Minaldi, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D./B.C.L, 2006

  • Bowdoin College, B.A., 1999

Honors and Achievements

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2024

  • Inside New Orleans Elite Lawyers, 2023

  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers, 2023, Commercial Litigation

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars, 2016

  • New Orleans City Business Ones to Watch in Law, 2016

  • Assistant Bar Examiner, appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court

  • International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, 2010

  • Louisiana Law Review, Senior Editor

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "First Party Insurance Adjustment Issues," New Orleans Bar Association (November 2022)

  • “Is ‘Open and Obvious’ Still a Viable Defense in Louisiana Premises Liability Cases?” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Newsletter (December 2014)

  • "The Limitation of Liability Act & The Saving to Suitors Clause: A New Tack, but the Same Course," The Transportation Lawyer, v. 10 n. 1, at 42 (July 2008) 

  • “Ethics in UM/UIM Cases,” NBI, Inc. “Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist – Made Simple” Seminar (August 2019).

  • “How to Apply the Law of Damages,” NBI, Inc. “Building Your Civil Litigation Skills” Seminar (August 2018).

  • “Ethics in Auto Injury Litigation,” NBI, Inc. “Auto Injury Litigation: The Ultimate Guide” Seminar (November 2017)

  • “Trucking and Transportation Regulations, Liability and Litigation,” NBI, Inc. (December 2016).

  • “Legal Ramifications of Pokemon Go!,” New Orleans Bar Association (December 2016).

  • “Defending Claims of PTSD,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (March 2016).

  • “Sources of Assisted Living Liability: A Bit of a Gray Area,” lawyer and adjuster continuing education presentation to insurance company (June 2014).

  • “After Me, the Flood: Liability and Damages for Water Run-off,” lawyer and adjuster continuing education presentation to insurance company (June 2014).


  • Louisiana

  • Florida

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