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Laura Bange Stephens

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Education

  • Boston University School of Law (JD)
  • Boston University (BA, International Relations, Magna Cum Laude)

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • Rhode Island
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts

Laura focuses her practice on complex insurance claims and coverage matters, particularly those involving directors and officers liability, professional liability, and general liability. She regularly represents insurers in coverage and bad faith litigation in state and federal courts. Laura is experienced in advising clients with respect to the business and legal implications of a variety of coverage issues. She has also advised clients with respect to potential coverage implications arising in the bankruptcy context. 

Before joining Mintz Levin, Laura was an associate in the insurance practice group of another international law firm. There, she represented primary and excess insurance carriers in a wide variety of complex claims and coverage matters. She notably represented an excess insurer in the litigation and mediation of an insurance coverage dispute arising out of the collapse of an investment fund in which alleged investor losses exceeded $1 billion. Other engagements have involved investment advisers, private equity and hedge funds, and insurance and securities brokers.

Representative Matters

  • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of D&O insurer in coverage dispute arising from claims for breach of fiduciary duty asserted against corporate director by Chapter 7 trustee.
  • Drafted mediation brief on behalf of an excess insurer in insurance coverage dispute arising out of alleged misrepresentations by founder and CEO of an insured investment firm managing over $8 billion in connection with an SEC investigation concerning the firm’s allegedly fraudulent valuation methods.
  • Drafted a summary judgment motion on behalf of a primary insurer in insurance coverage dispute arising from material misrepresentations in the insured’s application for a lawyers’ professional liability policy.
  • Obtained summary judgment for an insurer in a multimillion dollar insurance coverage dispute involving law enforcement officers liability policies and arising from allegations of wrongful imprisonment and malicious prosecution by a state municipality.

Professional & Community Involvement

  • Board Member, Professional Liability Underwriting Society (PLUS), New England Chapter
  • Website Officer, Insurance Committee, International Bar Association
  • Planning Committee Member, Esplanade Association, Boston, MA