Malise (Mary) Dennard


Mary "Malise" Dennard is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. She has over 30 years of experience handling all aspects of litigation and insurance coverage matters involving a wide variety of cases. Her practice is focused on providing advice on insurance coverage issues and handling maritime, transportation, energy, general liability, and property damage cases in state and federal courts on behalf of London and domestic insurers and their insureds.

Ms. Dennard received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia in 1984 and a Juris Doctor from Tulane Law School in 1987. She is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Primary Area(s) of Practice

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Law
  • COVID-19: Insurance Coverage

Additional Experience



U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States

Awards & Honors

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating


Tulane Law School

Juris Doctor, cum laude, 1987

  • American Jurisprudence Award in Admiralty
  • Institute of Comparative Law, Grenoble, France, summer, 1985

The University of Virginia

Bachelor of Arts in French, 1984

  • Phi Sigma Iota (national foreign language honor society) 
  • First place winner of the Maas Prize essay contest in French
  • Dean’s List

The Institute of European Studies, L’Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and L’Institut Catholique, Paris, France

Junior Year Abroad: September 1982 - June 1983

National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Gulf Coast Regional Program

January 2-12, 1992

Foreign Languages