Kristin Lausten is the founding attorney of Lausten & Co., LLC in New Orleans, Louisiana
Kristin M. Lausten is the founding member of Lausten & Co., LLC., a boutique firm with a focus on complex litigation.
As a trial consultant with a background in complex litigation, Kristin coordinates with legal teams in the preparation of a case for trial. This ensures the proper organization of documents and databases, the creation of appropriate litigation binders for attorneys, witnesses, experts, and the court, and that all pre-trial motions are properly filed.
As a legal consultant, Kristin provides excess monitoring services in coverage disputes, parachute trial counsel services, and litigation support services throughout the United States. Kristin provides legal advice to management, in-house and expert services teams across corporate, infrastructure, dispute resolution, environmental, health and safety, planning and compliance and general trial law.
Kristin prides herself on delivering one-on-one service to all clients with the in-depth knowledge and resources that a large firm can offer with the streamlined handling and personal attention only available in a boutique firm.
Striving to provide aggressive representation for every client, Kristin dedicates herself to ensuring that her clients’ needs are met and exceeded. Kristin maintains a small caseload and is highly selective in the cases she accepts in order to maintain a high level and attention, dedication and detail to each case.
- Florida, Pro hac vice, 2019
- New York, Pro hac vice, 2015
- New Jersey, Pro hac vice, 2015
- Louisiana, 2014
- Arkansas, 2011
Juris Doctor (J.D.)
- William H. Bowen School of Law, University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, 2010
Bachelor of Science
- The University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR, 2005
- Major: Criminal Justice
- Minors: Medical Anthropology & Developmental Psychology
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Arkansas Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Recent Cases of Note
- Pontchartrain Nat. Gas Sys. v. Texas Brine Co., et al.;
- EnLink Midstream Operating, LP. v. Texas Brine Co., et al.;
- Crosstex Energy Services, LP. v. Texas Brine Co., et al.;
- Florida Gas Transmission Co., LLC. v. Texas Brine Co., et al.
In these consolidated pipeline cases, Kristin was retained as parachute trial counsel prior to the Phase I liability trial for the insurer of various oil and gas defendants. The owners of multiple natural gas pipelines alleged that their pipelines were damaged as a result of the sinkhole; in addition, a mandatory evacuation was imposed on the nearby city of Bayou Corne.
- The Complaint of Larry Doiron, Inc. No. 16-30217 (5th Cir. Jan. 8, 2018)
Kristin was retained as the insurer’s appellate counsel as the primary brief writer to be filed before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, and a Petition for Writ of Certiorari filed before the United States Supreme Court. This case required the court to determine whether a contract for the performance of specialty drilling and oil production services under an MSA on navigable water was maritime in nature. The court found that the MSA did not control the subsequent work orders and that the work order in question was non-maritime. In perhaps the most significant development in maritime law in the last quarter-century, the Fifth Circuit re-framed the analysis for maritime contracts.