Laura Spansel Gravener

Laura has spent the majority of her career defending insurers with respect to first-party and third-party claims in Louisiana state and federal courts.  


She has experience handling cases involving homeowners, commercial, auto, and directors and officers liability policies.  She also has been involved in litigating general commercial contractual disputes.  She is excited to return to practicing commercial litigation after recently spending a period of time teaching civics and law studies to high school juniors and seniors and then clerking for the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Laura enjoys tackling complex legal issues and advocating for her clients.  Outside of work, she enjoys volunteering in her community, running, traveling and taking in all New Orleans has to offer with her family.

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Notable Representations

  • Represented various insurers on Hurricane Katrina commercial business interruption and homeowners claims


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2005, summa cum laude

    • Law Review, Member and Editor

    • Moot Court, Staff Member

    • St. Thomas More Law Society, Member

  • Loyola University New Orleans, B.A., magna cum laude, in Mass Communications and Spanish, 2002



  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, Law Clerk to the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt

  • Law Office of Masterson & Arostegui (GEICO Staff Counsel), Staff Attorney

  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, LLC, Associate Attorney

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, Law Clerk to the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt


  • Louisiana State and Federal Courts


  • Invited to be an Editor on the Louisiana Bar Journal

  • Academic Excellence Award, Loyola University College of Law

  • Joseph A. Rault Award for Excellence in Maritime Law, Loyola University College of Law

  • Outstanding Achievement Award for Evidence, Loyola University College of Law

  • Law Excellence Awards for Mediation and Arbitration, Contracts and Law of the European Union, Loyola University College of Law


  • Louisiana State Bar Association

  • New Orleans Bar Association

  • Editor, Louisiana Bar Journal