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Jay Sever is a partner in the Insurance and Reinsurance group of Phelps Dunbar. He is also the Practice Coordinator for the Insurance and Reinsurance group in the New Orleans office. He serves as local, regional and national coverage counsel for both foreign and domestic insurance companies. He counsels clients, manages disputes and tries cases involving a wide variety of insurance coverage issues, including matters arising from bad faith, construction defects claims, third-party liability claims, first-party claims, professional liability claims, crane and rigging claims, racing and competitive sport claims, entertainment claims, transportation claims, environmental claims, general and toxic tort claims, advertising, copyright and trademark claims, media liability claims, multiple-year trigger and allocation issues, marine liability claims, Louisiana direct action claims and numerous others.

In addition to handling cases in Louisiana and California courts in which he is admitted, Mr. Sever also has acted as lead counsel in cases pending in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Mr. Sever's practice, both litigation and counseling, involves attorneys from all of Phelps Dunbar's offices in the Gulf South and, where necessary, local counsel in states throughout the United States.

Mr. Sever serves as the Practice Coordinator for the Insurance and Reinsurance group in the New Orleans office.


Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 100%

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Phelps Dunbar

365 Canal Street
Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA, 70130-6534


LAEligible to practice law199507/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Tulane Law ReviewThe Relaxation of Inarbitrability and Public Policy Checks on Domestic and International Arbitration1991
Tulane Law ReviewRodriguez de Quijas v. Shearson/American Express, Inc.: A Green Light to Arbitration, a Yellow Light to Investors1990
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1991
University of MarylandN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1986
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Value Engineered Alternative Dispute Resolution (VEADR) 2014 Annual EventTime Limit Demands in 2014 – Tripartite Perils and Potential Solutions2014
HarrisMartin CAT Flood and Windstorm Litigation ConferenceFactual Background: Statistics, Factual Overview of Damages from Tornadoes and Hurricanes2013
Claims Legal Management Annual ConferenceAlternative Dispute Resolution – Collaborative Litigation2013
7th Annual East Region Construction Defect and Insurance Coverage ConferenceConstruction Defect Claims – From The Insured's Perspective2013
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Meeting, Williamsburg, VAThe Economic & Environmental Impact of the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf States2011
Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel Meeting, Indian Wells, CAThe Ripple Effect of Catastrophic Environmental Events: Moratoriums, Regulatory Change, and Industry Reaction - Do We Learn From Our Mistakes?2011
National Business Institute, New Orleans, LouisianaInsurance Coverage Trends2007
New Jersey State Bar AssociationThe Storm After the Storm: The Katrina Coverage Litigation2006
University of Texas School of Law 10th Annual Insurance Law InstituteSpecial Coverage of Hurricane-Related Issues2005
Lorman Education Services, New Orleans, LouisianaLouisiana Bad Faith Litigation: Recent Questions that Push the Boundaries of the Bad Faith Tort2000
Lorman Education Services, New Orleans, LouisianaLitigating Louisiana Direct Action Claims: Current Dilemmas, Perils and Solutions1998