Practice areas

Education

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1988, graduating first in her class and magna cum laude

  • Editor in Chief, Loyola Law Review, 1987-88
  • Honored with the Milton Sheen Award for outstanding service to law and community
  • Elected to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities

University of New Orleans, 1981

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Mary L. Dumestre

Special Counsel

Ms. Dumestre concentrates her practice in business litigation, insurance, products liability and toxic tort litigation. She has represented insurers in class action proceedings and regularly consults on complex insurance coverage issues. She also has extensive experience in dealing with non-insurance contract litigation, including proceedings before the United States Court of Federal Claims.  She is a certified mediator and associated with ADR Inc. Ms. Dumestre joined Stone Pigman in 1988.

Representative Matters

Defended major insurance company against class action alleging bad faith claims arising out of January 2000 New Orleans area hail storm.

Defended major insurance company in multiple, varied property damage claim lawsuits, including hurricane, mold, termite, construction and wind damage.

Represented the London excess market in multiple toxic tort cases. 

Represented major insurers in appeals of issues related to toxic tort litigation through state appellate courts to the United States Supreme Court.

Represented major manufacturer in asbestos in building litigation to the United States Supreme Court.

Successfully challenged government contract interpretation in favor of major transportation client.

Represented major insurer in property damage litigation through state and federal courts.

Professional and Civic Activities

Ms. Dumestre has served as President of the Loyola Law School Alumni Association, and is currently the Secretary of the Loyola College of Law Visiting Committee. She continues to be active in Loyola matters, including dean search interviews, and she regularly interacts with the Loyola student body, including advising and mentoring prospective and current law students. Ms. Dumestre is a member of the Federal and New Orleans Bar Associations, and is a Fleur de Lis member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She also sits as a Chairperson of a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee and is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

In addition to her work with Loyola and the bar associations, Ms. Dumestre has volunteered as a judge and coach for the Orleans Parish Juvenile Court's "Teen Court" program. She also volunteers for the New Orleans Bar Association's Law Week lectures in the schools, and volunteers for the notary and legal aid services at local facilities providing services for the New Orleans homeless community, The Harry Tompson Center and Ozanam Inn.

Honors & Awards

Ms. Dumestre has been named to The Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana Super Lawyers and has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine.