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  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1975; Articles Editor, Tulane Law Review
  • Harvard University, A.B., 1972, cum laude
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1975
  • Texas, 1992
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 1980
  • E.D. La., 1978
  • M.D. La., 1983
  • W.D. La., 1994
  • N.D. Tex., 2006
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Madeleine Fischer
Special Counsel
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8208 tel
504.589.8208 fax

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Admitted to practice in both Louisiana and Texas, Madeleine Fischer has represented clients in litigation for almost 40 years and has extensive trial experience in state and federal courts, most recently focusing her practice on insurance coverage and claims handling disputes. Within the past several years, Ms. Fischer has represented a variety of both policyholders and insurance companies in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation. Besides insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, her practice also extends to appellate practice, class actions, toxic torts, and products liability.

Ms. Fischer is a past chair of the Insurance Law Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association, a past president of the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, a past board member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and a past member of the Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is a vice chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association's Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice. Ms. Fischer contributes articles on insurance coverage to the CGL Reporter and other publications. She served as the newsletter co-editor for the Toxic Tort & Environmental Law Subcommittee (American Bar Association Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, 2003–2005), authored the products liability chapter of the Biannual Survey of Louisiana Law (Louisiana State Bar Association, 2003 and 2005), and edited the monthly Jones Walker Products Liability E*Bulletin from January 2001–October 2009. Additionally, she has spoken on insurance coverage law in a variety of fora.

Ms. Fischer received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University, cum laude, and her juris doctor degree from Tulane University Law School, where she was a member and Articles Editor of the Tulane Law Review.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (listed annually since 2010)
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers® as the 2018 Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans
  • Listed in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the areas of Insurance Coverage (listed annually since 2007)
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 female attorneys statewide by Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

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Presentations

  • "Update on Bad Faith Penalties and Attorney Fees", October 30, 2015, Insurance Law Seminar, Louisiana State University Law School
  • "Significant Developments in Insurance Bad Faith Post-Louisiana Bag", October 23, 2013, New Orleans Bar Association
  • "The Unexpected Verdict in Excess Policy Limits: What Happens Now?", February 16, 2013, 21st Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program
  • "Developing or Defending a Bad Faith Case: Selected Problems", June 12, 2012, National Business Institute
  • "Overview of General Bad Faith Principles: Louisiana", June 12, 2012, National Business Institute
  • "Insurer Billing Guidelines", February 2012, 20th Annual Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Midyear Program
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Memberships

  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, 2008–2011; Member, Section of Tort Trial and Insurance Practice)
  • CGL Reporter (Editorial Board, 2007–2013)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Past Board Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel (Past President, 1996–1997)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Past Chair, Insurance Law Committee, 2010-2013)
  • State Bar of Texas