Stephen L. Miles

Stephen Miles is a founding member of the firm. He represents clients in high-stakes insurance coverage and bad faith litigation as well as in complex commercial and securities litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels across the Gulf South and Southwest.

About

Stephen has handled a wide range of insurance coverage and bad faith lawsuits, as well as environmental and toxic tort cases. Described in Benchmark Litigation as a “lawyer’s lawyer,” his commercial and securities litigation experience includes representing law firms, investment management companies, accountants, businesses, and other professionals in significant disputes, including cases alleging securities fraud, accounting malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty, trade secrets violations, and breach of contract.

Stephen graduated first in his class from Tulane Law School, where he was the recipient of the prestigious Faculty Medal and a member of the Tulane Law Review. Stephen served as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Stephen has been recognized as a leading lawyer in the state for insurance coverage by Louisiana Super Lawyers and previously has been recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s 40 & Under Hot List and as a Future Litigation Star.

He frequently presents on a variety of topics, including most recently at a DRI Conference concerning risk transfer in May 2019, and regarding Daubert motions before the New Orleans Bar Association. He is the author of the only comprehensive discussion of the Louisiana Securities Law published in the last thirty years, Exploring Unexplored Frontiers: The Private Right of Action under the Louisiana Securities Law, 75 La. Law Rev. 801 (Spring 2015).

Practice Areas

  • Appellate

  • Commercial Litigation

  • Construction Litigation

  • Employment Law

  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

  • Securities Litigation

  • Products Liability, Casualty, and Toxic Tort

 

Notable Representations

  • Advises underwriters on a variety of coverage issues and in suits with allegations of extra-contractual liability.

  • Handles these cases from before the suit is filed through trial and appeal.

  • In 2017, prevailed on behalf of an insurer in a declaratory judgment action that sought a ruling of no coverage for a 2012 accident. Stephen was the lead trial lawyer during the federal court bench trial, which resulted in a complete victory. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously affirmed. See Bridgefield Casualty Insurance Co. v. River Oaks Mgmt., Inc., 680 Fed. App’x 348 (5th Cir. 2017).

  • Successfully represented a national insurer in a class action in Arkansas involving allegations of improper calculation of depreciation in the adjustment of homeowner’ claims.

  • Quickly and successfully prosecuted on behalf of an insurer a multi-million dollar contractual indemnification claim against a claims processor arising out of alleged errors in claims adjusting.

  • Represented an excess insurer in a first-party coverage action brought by a volunteer organization for coverage on sexual abuse claims. Stephen, along with Minor Pipes, successfully brought the case to resolution at mediation before trial.

 

Education

  • Tulane University School of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2006

  • University of Alabama, magna cum laude, B.A., Economics, 2000

 

Experience

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

  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Edith Brown Clement, United States Circuit Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

Honors & Achievements

  • Tulane Law School, Faculty Medal

  • Benchmark Litigation, previously 40 & Under Hot List and Future Litigation Star

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Leading Lawyer, Insurance Coverage

  • Order of the Coif

  • Tulane Law Review, Senior Articles Editor

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