Jennifer E. Michel

Managing Partner

  • location icon Lafayette, LA
    100 East Vermilion Street
    Suite 300
    Lafayette, LA 70501
  • location icon New Orleans, LA
    400 Poydras Street
    Suite 1300
    New Orleans, LA 70130

Jennifer “Jenny” Michel is the managing partner in the Lafayette and New Orleans offices of Lewis Brisbois and chair of the London Market Group, chair of the Admiralty, Maritime & Energy Litigation Practice and vice-chair of the First Party Property Practice. She has worked with London insurers her entire career. Licensed in both Louisiana and Texas, she leads a team of experienced attorneys focused on marine, both traditional and alternate energy, onshore and offshore property, construction, environmental, general liability, professional liability, insurance coverage and bad faith claims, advice and litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, as well as subrogation recoveries. She is frequently asked to evaluate and monitor claims in all these areas on behalf of excess insurers. Through the years, she has had particular experience in negotiation and interpretation of and litigation involving exploration and production energy contracts, including defense, indemnity and additional insured demands. Drawing on her experience in coverage disputes, she also assists insurers in drafting and refining policy wordings.


  • Co-Author, “Does In Re Deepwater Horizon Spell Disaster for the Future? Risk Allocation and Additional Insured Coverage After the Gulf Oil Spill,” Arch Seminar, May 2013
  • Co-Author, "Claims-made versus occurrence coverage: How about some of each?," Onstream, Xchanging Energy & General Liability Newsletter, March 2013
  • Co-Author, "The Gasquet Scenario: When a Primary Insurer Settles for Less than Full Policy Limits," ACE Group Claims Bulletin, April 2011
  • Author - “Zauderer v. Office of Disciplinary Counsel of the Supreme Court of Ohio,” 46 La. L. Rev. 923 (1986)

Professional Presentations

  • “Indemnity Issues in the Year 2000,” Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Seminar (1999)
  • “Are Indemnity Agreements Still Strictly Construed?” 6th Annual Conference on Contract Risk Management (2001)
  • “MSA Relationship to Insurance Coverage: What Are They Doing? Who Trumps Who? And Where Do We Go From Here?” 7th Annual Conference on Contract Risk Management (2002)
  • “Contractual Indemnity Issues in Maritime Law,” Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law, Louisiana State University (2002)
  • “Oilfield Contracts & Anti-Indemnity Acts- A Basic Outline,” AON Seminar on Oilfield Contracts, Anti-Indemnity Acts, and Insurance Impacts of the Evil Twins: Rita and Katrina (2005)
  • “Analyzing Indemnity and Insurance Obligations in Master Service Agreements. Could a Simple Idea Get More Complicated?,” Independent Insurance Agents of Houston Seminar (2008)
  • “Mind the Gap: Seaman, Longshoreman, State Worker. What is This Claimant Anyway?,” Xchanging Seminar, London (2008)
  • “Stepping into the Insurance Choice of Law TARDIS - Wherever Will We Land?,” Xchanging Seminar, London (2009)
  • “Wading through Troubling Issues in Louisiana and Maritime Law,” ACE Seminar (2009)
  • “Hurricane Survival Tips for Property Insurers: What You Don’t Know Can Cost You,” Lexington Seminar, London (July 2009)
  • “Indemnity Contracts Update: What Law Applies?” 8th Annual Judge Alvin B. Rubin Conference on Maritime Personal Injury Law (2010)
  • Deposition Workshops, Watkins Syndicate, London (March & July 2009), Lexington Seminar, London (July 2010)
  • “From Driving to Drilling: Exploring Insurance Challenges in Louisiana, Texas and Maritime Law,” ACE Seminar (2010)
  • “Venturing into the Gulf: Conflict of Laws in the Gulf of Mexico,” Xchanging Seminar, London (2010)
  • “Exploring Challenges Facing Insurers under Louisiana, Texas and Maritime Law,” XL Seminar (2011)
  • “What Goes Around, Comes Around: The Sometimes Conflicting Interests of Primary and Excess Carriers,” Catlin Seminar, London (2011), Chaucer Seminar, London (2012)
  • “Why Does Everyone Want to be a Longshoreman Now?” XL Seminar (2012)
  • “When is a Claim Not a Claim? When is No Notice, Notice? When is an occurrence not a loss?” Xchanging Seminar, London (2013)
  • “Does In Re Deepwater Horizon Spell Disaster For The Future? Risk Allocation And Additional Insured Coverage After The Gulf Oil Spill” Arch Seminar (2013), Travelers Seminar (2013)
  • “Recent Developments in Coverage and Bad Faith Law” AIG Seminar (2013)
  • “Bad Faith and Ethics, How to Stay Out of Trouble on All Fronts” ACE Seminar (2013)
  • “Unintended Consequences: Examining Intersecting Occurrence and Claims Made Policies” Watkins Seminar (2013), AIG/Lex-London  Seminar, London (July 2014)
  • “Recent Developments in Coverage and Bad Faith” General Star Insurance Company (February 2014)
  • “What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: A Primer on the Rights and Obligations of Excess Carriers” Advent Underwriting Limited, London (February 2014)
  • “A Little Bit of This, A Little Bit of That”- liberated and missing goods from warehouses, container ship casualties, and the additional insured issues arising from the Deepwater Horizon Loss, Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Underwriting Seminar, London (August 2014)
  • “Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith Update” ACE Seminar (August 2014)
  • “At Fault? So What? Evaluating and Responding to Defense, Indemnity and Additional Insured Tenders” ACE Seminar (October & December 2014, April 2015)
  • “At Fault? So What? Evaluating and Responding to Defense, Indemnity and Additional Insured Tenders” CNA Marine Seminar (October 2015)
  • “2015 Guidelines for Avoiding Bad Faith Liability” AIG London Seminar (November 2015)
  • “Reallocating Liability through Contractual Indemnity and Additional Insurance” Lloyd's Market Association, London Seminar (November 2015)
  • "Presentation to Underwriters of Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance Company discussing Construction Anti-Indemnity Statutes in various states” (February 2016)
  • “Master Service Agreements – What Underwriters Need To Know” Travelers London Seminar (February 2016)
  • "Examining Occurrence and Claims Made Policies for Third Party Claims” Lewis Brisbois Webinar (March 2016)
  • “Master Service Agreements – What Underwriters Need To Know” MS Amlin London Seminar (July 2016)
  • “Good Things to Know (If you didn’t already) - Master Service Agreements and Additional Insured Coverage – What You Need To Know” Hiscox London Seminar (July 2016)
  • “Umbrella/Excess Policies Coverage: California-Louisiana” Aspen Insurance Seminar (October 2016)
  • “Evaluating Master Service Agreements: Good Things to Know” XL Catlin Seminar (October 2016), Ironshore Seminar (October 2016), Chubb Seminar (December 2016), XL Catlin Seminar – London (March 2017)
  • “Building and Breaking Risk Allocation: Two Part Seminar” Lloyd's Market Association, London (November 2016)
  • “Deposition Workshop,” Munich Re – London Seminar (March 2017), Tokio Marine Kiln – London Seminar (June 2017), Navigators London Seminar (October 2017)
  • “Say What You Mean and Mean What You Say – The Development and Application of Additional Insured Coverage,” Travelers Seminar (October 2017)
  • “Building & Breaking Risk Allocation – Master Service Agreements Analysis/Defense, Indemnity & Additional Insured Status,” Berkley Offshore Seminar (October 2017)
  • “Contractual Risk Shifting Through Master Service Agreements: Who Ultimately Pays?,” American Institute of Marine Underwriters Seminar (March 2018)
  • “Twentieth Century Policy Exposure for Twenty-First Century Claims,” Lewis Brisbois Webinar (July 2018)




United States Supreme Court

Louisiana Supreme Court

Texas Supreme Court

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Southern District of Texas


  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Lafayette Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association

Awards & Honors

  • Named “Top Lawyer” in both Insurance and Energy Law by Acadiana Profile magazine in 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Top Rated Lawyer
  • Named “2008, 2009 and 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics. Featured in Super Lawyers Business Edition 2011
  • Member – Louisiana Law Review (1985-1987)
  • Associate Editor - Louisiana Law Review (1986-1987)


Louisiana State University

Juris Doctor, 1987

  • Order of the Coif (top 10%) 

Louisiana College

Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, 1984

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