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Melanie C. Lockett
Company
Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver LLP
701 Poydras St Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA 70139-7735
Phone
(504) 581-2450
Member Bio
Melanie Lockett is a Partner at Lowe Stein. She enjoys a diverse litigation practice which includes insurance coverage and defense, commercial litigation, employment law, and professional liability.

Melanie has litigated cases in Louisiana state and federal courts. She has appealed cases to Louisiana Courts of Appeal and Louisiana Supreme Court. Melanie’s innovative and diligent approach in representing clients has led to notable successes including thwarting efforts to expand an insurance agent’s duty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. City Blueprint & Supply Co. v. Boggio, 3 So.3d 62 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/17/08), relied upon in Isidore Newman School v. Eaves, Inc., 42 So.3d 352 (La. 7/13/10).

Melanie is actively involved in the Diversity and Insurance Law Committees of the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”). She served as Co-Chair of the 2013 DRI Diversity Corporate Expo and currently serves as the Insurance Law Committee’s Diversity Liaison and Membership Co-Vice Chair of Recruitment. Melanie is also a member of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Media Law Resource Center, American Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the Louisiana Bar Association.

Prior to joining the firm, Melanie served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. She received her J.D. on full scholarship from Loyola University School of Law. While in law school, she was an Oralist on the Pepperdine Entertainment Law Moot Court Team and member of the Public Interest Law Journal. Melanie received her M.F.A. from Tulane University on full scholarship, and her B.Mus. from Boston University on scholarship.

Before becoming an attorney, Melanie taught music in the New Orleans Public School system and Xavier University. She also performed locally with the New Orleans Opera, in St. Louis Cathedral, and in St. Maria Goretti Church.
Born and raised in New Orleans, Melanie is the second of six children. She is married to Shawn Lockett, and they have two beautiful children.

Publications:
Fact or Fiction: Patent Infringement Cannot Constitute an ‘Advertising Injury’ Under a Commercial General Liability Policy? DRI: Covered Events, Issue 11, December 5, 2012. Author.
Louisiana Chapter of DRI’s Writing a Reservation of Rights: A North American Compendium, 2013. Co-Author.
Ethical Issues Relating to the Tripartite Relationship and Settlement of Claims Against Insureds, DRI: Insurance Coverage and Claims Seminar, 2014. Co-Author.
DRI’s Coverage B: Personal and Advertising Injury Compendium, Chapter 16: An Introduction to the Advertisement Infringement Offense and the Intellectual Property Exclusion, 2014. Co-Author.

Professional Appearances:

Panelist, 2015 DRI Insurance Coverage and Claims Institute
“The Secret to Success in Mediation: Proper Preparation.”

Moderator, 2012 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo
Moderated panel discussion on “What’s Happening to Women of Color in the Legal Profession?”

Moderator, 2013 DRI Diversity for Success Seminar and Corporate Expo
Moderated panel discussion on “What Makes a Successful Cross-Gender/Cross-Racial Mentor/Mentee Relationship?”
Firm Information
Lowe Stein is a highly regarded 25 year old firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana. It has been recognized by U.S. News & World Reports Best Law Firms. The firm consists of 18 attorneys including 4 founding partners, 5 partners, 7 associates, and 2 of counsel. Lowe Stein’s reputation has been and continues to be built on quality legal services provided to local, national, and international clients. Included among its insurance clients are Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London, First Specialty Insurance Corporation, Great American Insurance Company, Rockhill Insurance Company, and Westport Insurance Corporation. After Hurricane Katrina, Lowe Stein defended over 280 lawsuits against insurance agents of which over 145 were successfully resolved by motion practice, trial, or by obtaining voluntary dismissals without any settlement payments. Lowe Stein is especially careful to develop a litigation plan that balances the desire for positive results with the cost of litigation, and Lowe Stein has and continues to provide quality services at a reasonable cost.

Lowe Stein’s attorneys have distinguished themselves as exceptional legal practitioners and are recognized for their skills in motion practice, negotiating, trial, and appellate advocacy. Several of the firm’s principles have been identified by the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Lowe Stein has provided both coverage and liability defense against numerous claims arising under commercial and professional liability policies. In addition, in keeping with the evolving and expanding world of media, the related increase in liability exposure, and as a member of the Media Law Resource Center (“MLRC”), Lowe Stein has committed efforts to staying on the cutting edge of legal developments in media law including issues concerning intellectual property rights and defamation arising from the use of social media.

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Practice Areas
Appellate Advocacy
Commercial Litigation
Employment Law
General Litigation
Insurance Law
Personal Injury Litigation
Professional Liability
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