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Kelsey L. Meeks

Kelsey Meeks represents clients in a wide array of disputes, including insurance defense, commercial litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and securities arbitration.


Currently, her practice focuses on insurance coverage and bad-faith defense, as well as general commercial disputes.


Kelsey has been recognized by Louisiana Super Lawyers as a “Rising Star” and was selected as a New Orleans CityBusiness “Leader in Law” for 2019. She received her Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where she served as Senior Managing Editor of the Tulane Law Review.

Kelsey has been active in the LSBA Community Action Committee since 2015 and is a member of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2019-2020. In 2014, Kelsey founded ‘WEEN DREAM, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that collects used Halloween costumes and distributes them to children with special needs and life-threatening illnesses, as well as kids living in poverty. Under her leadership, ‘WEEN DREAM has given costumes to more than 10,000 kids across America.

Practice Areas


  • Tulane Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2010

    • Order of the Coif

    • Tulane Law Review, Senior Managing Editor, Volume 84

    • Tulane Law Review, Class of 2010 Award Recipient, 2010

    • Tulane Law Review, Dean Rufus C. Harris Civil Law Award Recipient, 2010

    • Legal Analysis Senior Fellow, Fall 2009

    • CALI “Excellence for the Future Award” (highest grade) in Civil Litigation, Fall 2009

    • CALI “Excellence for the Future Award” (highest grade) in Professional Responsibility, Fall 2009

    • CALI “Excellence for the Future Award” (highest grade) in Marine Pollution, Fall 2008

  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.A., highest honors, 2005

    • Delta Delta Delta Sorority, Vice President of Recruitment

    • Outstanding Senior in Broadcast Journalism 


  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.

  • Wall, Bullington & Cook, LLC

  • Flanagan Partners, LLP

Publications & speaking engagements

  • Presenter, “Bend, Don’t Break: New Thinking on Flexible Approaches to Legal Practice,” LSBA Summer School 2021 (with Kristin L. Beckman and Catherine F. Giarrusso)

  • Presenter at NBI Personal Injury Litigation: Secrets and Insider Tips, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 23, 2019)

  • Presenter at NBI Advanced Insurance Bad Faith, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 12, 2018)

  • A Crime Against Common Sense: How Louisiana’s Implementation Exposes the Adam Walsh Act’s Most Significant Flaw, 84 TUL. L. REV. 429 (2009)


  • Louisiana

Honors & Achievements

  • Inside New Orleans Elite Lawyers, 2023

  • Benchmark Litigation 7th Edition (2022), “40 & Under Hot List”

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch, 2023 - 2024

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017- 2023

  • New Orleans CityBusiness, Leadership in Law Class of 2019

  • LSBA Leadership Class of 2019-2020

  • Louisiana Appleseed, Good Appleseed Award Recipient, 2012

Memberships & Affiliations

  • LSBA Community Action Committee (2015-present)

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow (Class of 2013)

  • Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors (2011-present)

  • Tulane Law Review Alumni Association (2011-present)

Notable Representations

  • In 2021 Kelsey obtained a $1.2 million settlement for a company that lost revenue due to an oil spill. 

  • In 2019 Kelsey obtained a complete defense verdict for an insurer and insured in a personal injury action; Kelsey was the lead trial lawyer at the bench trial in Orleans Parish Civil District Court.

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