Kelley Uustal Trial Attorney

Laura Smith-Hatch

Attorney

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law (2010) J.D., Law

Activities and societies: President, Student Bar Association; Inn of Courts: St, Thomas More Chapter; Loyola Law Clinic; Loyola Law Student Ambassador/ Admissions Advisor; Vice President, Real Estate Law Society; Public Relations/Marketing Vice President, Maritime Law; Standing Council for Academic Planning for Loyola University; Student-Faculty Relations Committee; Law Student Tax Law Challenge, ABA Student Mediation Competition

  • University of Vienna (2008)
    • International Law and Legal Studies
  • University of Florida (2007)
    • BS, Public Relations

Professional Associations

  • American Association of Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Trial Attorneys for Justice
  • St. Thomas More Inn of Courts

Leadership Positions

  • Plaintiff Steering Committee, In re: Cook Medical, Inc., IVC Filters Marketing, Sales Practices and Product Liability Litigation, U.S.D.C. Southern District, Indiana
  • Law and Motion Committee, In re: Bard IVC Filter Products Liability Litigation, U.S.D.C., Arizona, Case No. 2:15-MD-02641, MDL No. 2641

Career

Laura graduated from Loyola University College of Law in 2010. There, she was a competitive member of the prestigious Loyola Mediation Clinic, and was also active in student affairs, serving as a student ambassador, member of the Loyola Education Board, New Law School Dean Selection Committee, and elected president of the Student Bar Association, 2009-2010.

While attending Loyola University, Laura gained practical experience by working at various law firms and interning with Judge Pamela A.M. Campbell at the Pinellas County Criminal Court. In her pursuit of a deeper comprehension of the criminal justice system and courtroom proceedings, Laura interned at

both the Orleans Parish Public Defenders and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office during the summer of 2009. In her final year at Loyola, she served as a judicial intern at the U.S. District Court, Eastern District, under the guidance of Judge Ivan R.L. Lemelle. Additionally, Laura participated in the Loyola international law program based in Vienna, Austria.

Following her graduation, Laura embarked on a career path that involved advocating for juvenile justice within the City of New Orleans. She assumed the role of alumni admission adviser for Loyola University College of Law in 2010. While actively promoting rehabilitation services for the youth of New Orleans, Laura also gained experience working for Kenneth Feinberg’s Gulf Coast Claims Facility alongside the Block Law Firm, prior to her entry into Hanly Conroy Bierstein Sherdian and Hayes in 2011. During her tenure as an associate at Hanly Conroy, Laura dedicated two years to the Plaintiff Steering Committee, specifically focusing on the In re: Oil Spill by the Deepwater Horizon case. Laura has contributed her expertise to numerous mass tort litigations, including those involving Pinnacle Metal-on-Metal, Actos Bladder Cancer, Transvaginal Mesh, Hernia Mesh, IVC Filters, and Taxus Stents.

Throughout her professional career, Laura has become known for advocating for the rights of those who have suffered due to corporate wrongdoing. She is currently focusing her work on cases that involve product liability, including defective medical devices, drugs, and medical negligence.

Loving and caring. I really felt it.

CHET, FORMER CLIENT

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M.K., Chicago lawyer

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