Kristin L. Beckman

Kristin Beckman is a founding member of the firm. She represents clients in high-exposure insurance bad faith and coverage litigation as well as commercial cases with breach of contract, unfair trade practices, products liability, and default issues.

About

Kristin’s experience includes voluminous mediations post-Katrina and following other large storms, including the Louisiana flood of 2016, first- and third-party disputes, life insurance Her experience includes voluminous mediations post-Katrina and following other large storms, including the Louisiana flood of 2016, first- and third-party disputes, life insurance claims, UM waiver validity issues, and alleged improper denial of property, bodily injury, and commercial claims.

 

Kristin served as the Substance and Citation Editor of the Loyola Law Review and has routinely been recognized by Benchmark Litigation and Louisiana Super Lawyers. She routinely presents and is published on a wide variety of legal issues, including insurance defense, mass torts, and Louisiana civil procedure.

 

Kristin volunteers her time with the Pro Bono Project, Dress for Success, and other non-profit organizations. She is also a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the Louisiana Bar Association, which serves to promote access to justice and increase public understanding of the legal system.

 

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

  • Products Liability and Toxic Tort

 

Notable Representations

  • Successful defense of commercial insurer vacating $1.4 million default verdict.

  • Defense of hundreds of lawsuits brought by plaintiffs for wind and flood damage arising out of Hurricane Katrina.

  • Successful defense of numerous uninsured and underinsured motorist and homeowner claims involving alleged violations of duty of good faith and fair dealing.

  • Defense of brand and generic drug manufacturers in consolidated state court proceeding regarding drug pricing claims brought by State of Louisiana.

  • Successful defense of consortium of welding manufacturers in multi-district litigation and state court proceedings resulting in complete defense verdicts in five jury trials, including a four-plaintiff jury trial in Civil District Court for Orleans Parish and four jury trials in federal court in Cleveland and Akron, Ohio.

  • Defense of claims in generic pharmaceutical failure to warn claims.

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 2005

    • Loyola Law Review, Member and Editor

  • Boston College, B.A., 2002  College, B.A., 2002

 

Experience

  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC, 2005-2019

Publications/Speaking Engagements

 

PUBLICATIONS

Kristin has written several articles and serves as a regular contributor to the ABA Section of Litigation Mass Torts Committee’s Notes and Decisions and Sound Advice Pieces. Her published work includes:

 

  • “Hybrid Witnesses and Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26,” ABA Mass Torts Journal (Fall 2012) (co-author with Andrea Mahady Price)

  • “Exhibit Management in Mass Tort Cases,” ABA Mass Torts Journal (Fall 2010)

  • “Securing Testimony of Nonparty Witnesses at Trial,” 55 Louisiana Bar Journal 404 (2008)

  • “Difficulty in Performing Contractual Obligations as a Result of Hurricane Katrina,” ABA Commercial and Business Litigation Journal (Spring 2007)

  • “Banned from the Bar: Classification of the Temporary Alien in Louisiana,” 51 Loyola Law Review 139 (2005)

 

PRESENTATIONS

Kristin also has spoken at numerous seminars on a variety of litigation issues. Her presentations include:

  • “Insurance Bad Faith and Coverage,” New Orleans Bar Association (December 2019)

  • “Trial Practice Seminar: Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Litigation,” LSBA (December 2019)

  • Auto Injury Litigation: The Ultimate Guide, National Business Institute (December 2018)

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Boot Camp, NBI (October 2018)

  • Insurance Bad Faith “Set-Up” in Louisiana, Proper Investigation and Documentation & Ethics, NBI (October 2016)

  • “Advanced Coverage Analysis,” National Business Institute’s Seminar on Advanced Issues in Personal Injury Litigation (June 2015)

  • “Answering or Responding to a Petition,” National Business Institute’s Seminar on Applying the Rules of Civil Procedures in Louisiana (April 2015)

  • “Discovery: Scheduling, Conducting and Paying,” National Business Institute’s Seminar on Applying the Rules of Civil Procedures in Louisiana (April 2015)

  • “Gain a New Perspective of Pre-Trial Practice,” LSBA Annual Meeting (January 2015)

  • “How Will the Changes to Insurance Impact Personal Injury Cases?,” National Business Institute, Affordable Care Act: Impact on Injury Settlements (December 2014)

  • “What is This Thing and How Do I Turn It On? – The Young Lawyers Section Explains the Use of Technology in Litigation,” Combined LSBA Annual Meeting and LSBA/LJC Summer School (June 2013)

  • “Gain a New Perspective of Pre-Trial Practice,” National Business Institute’s Seminar on Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Louisiana (April 2013)

  • “Successful Courtroom Strategies,” National Business Institute’s Seminar on Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Louisiana (April 2013)

  • “Subpoena Super Power: Navigating the Process,” New Orleans Paralegal Association Annual Education Seminar (September 2010)

Admissions

  • Louisiana

 

Honors & Achievements

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2014, 2015

  • New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2020

  • Benchmark Litigation, 40 & Under Hot List, 2016-2019

  • Benchmark Litigation, Future Star, 2019

  • New Orleans CityBusiness, Leadership in Law, 2016

  • LSBA Leadership Class, 2012-2013

 

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation

  • Claims and Management Litigation Alliance (CLM)

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