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Kelsey Bonnaffons

Kelsey Bonnaffons

Associate

Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras St., 40th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

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Office: 504-525-6802
Fax: 504-525-2456
Additional Offices: Mandeville
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Kelsey believes that effective communication is key to being a successful client advocate. Assessing client-specific goals and strategic business considerations is critical to developing a case strategy suited to the particular needs of each client—whether that means a settlement or a vigorous trial defense.

With an emphasis on insurance defense, insurance coverage, and workers’ compensation, Kelsey represents insurance carriers and private businesses in civil litigation in state and federal court.

A native of New Orleans, Kelsey is active in the community and passionate about charity work. She is the chair of Galloway’s Hogs for the Cause team, which raises money to support families of children with pediatric brain cancer, and works with Take Paws Rescue, a New Orleans-based animal rescue.

Representative Matters

  • Achieved a total defense verdict after a contentious workers’ compensation trial over a denied claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a first-party coverage dispute over excluded claims.
  • Obtained dismissal in a large breach of contract case for a business owner after asserting that the adverse party lacked a cause of action.
  • Obtained dismissal in a flooding class action based on a complex prescription argument.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a small business in a products liability case.

OVERVIEW

Kelsey believes that effective communication is key to being a successful client advocate. Assessing client-specific goals and strategic business considerations is critical to developing a case strategy suited to the particular needs of each client—whether that means a settlement or a vigorous trial defense.

With an emphasis on insurance defense, insurance coverage, and workers’ compensation, Kelsey represents insurance carriers and private businesses in civil litigation in state and federal court.

A native of New Orleans, Kelsey is active in the community and passionate about charity work. She is the chair of Galloway’s Hogs for the Cause team, which raises money to support families of children with pediatric brain cancer, and works with Take Paws Rescue, a New Orleans-based animal rescue.

Representative Matters

  • Achieved a total defense verdict after a contentious workers’ compensation trial over a denied claim.
  • Obtained summary judgment in a first-party coverage dispute over excluded claims.
  • Obtained dismissal in a large breach of contract case for a business owner after asserting that the adverse party lacked a cause of action.
  • Obtained dismissal in a flooding class action based on a complex prescription argument.
  • Negotiated a favorable settlement on behalf of a small business in a products liability case.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, Tulane University, 2014
    • Civil Law Certificate
    • Student Attorney, Domestic Violence Clinic
    • Member, Sports Law Society
  • B.A., University of Florida, 2011

Admissions

  • Texas, 2022
  • Louisiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • State Bar Association of Texas
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Executive Women International
  • Hogs for the Cause Fund