Laura Foggan

Washington, D.C.
Phone: +1 202.624.2774
1001 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20004-2595

Laura Foggan is a partner in Crowell & Moring's Washington, D.C. office and chair of the firm's Insurance/Reinsurance Group. She has been described by LawDragon 500 Magazine as "one of the most successful advocates for the insurance industry to ever practice." Laura was recently recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader for Insurance & Reinsurance by Who's Who Legal (2019 and 2021), who praised her as a "dynamic and creative thinker" who has "very high standards and delivers superior work." She is a Chambers-ranked Band 1 practitioner and included in the Best Lawyers in America directory, including being named a "Lawyer of the Year" for 2020-2021. She is also consistently named one of Washington D.C.'s "Top 100 Lawyers" and "Top 50 Women Lawyers" and a "Super Lawyer" for Insurance Coverage by Super Lawyers Magazine. Laura represents clients in a variety of litigation and counseling matters, including:

  • Counseling insurers and reinsurers on strategic opportunities, litigation trends, and emerging risks such as COVID-19, autonomous vehicles and drones, privacy and cyberliability, global warming (climate change), internet-of-things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and utilization of blockchain or distributed-ledger technology.
  • Serving as national coordinating counsel and lead litigation counsel in a wide range of complex insurance matters, such as coverage disputes involving rescission, additional insureds, allocation, exhaustion, the duty to defend, settlement obligations, policy conditions and exclusions. She represents insurers in significant first and third-party coverage matters, including bad faith and extra-contractual claims.
  • Representing clients in both federal and state appellate courts. She has participated in more than 250 appellate cases including key national precedents on insurance issues. Laura argued before numerous federal circuits and state appellate courts.
  • Representing insurance trade associations in a wide variety of matters affecting the business of insurance, including an extensive amicus curiae practice. She provides technical analysis of insurance issues and analyzes and formulates regulatory and legislative proposals for trade associations and individual clients.
  • Assisting in drafting insurance policy forms and endorsements, offering strategic suggestions and form language to meet product goals and regulatory requirements. Particular focus on cyber privacy and data security exposures, including stand-alone cyber, professional liability, and general liability policies. Drawing on the experience of the firm’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Group, monitor and analyze cyber-related claims and coverage issues.
  • Contributing to pro bono and community service activities.

In addition to her litigation and counseling work described above, Laura represents insurers and reinsurers in arbitrations, as well as Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) and mediation proceedings.

Laura served as the insurance industry liaison to the American Law Institute's Restatement of the Law on Liability Insurance Project. A former co-chair of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Litigation Section, Laura is praised by Chambers USA as "outstanding and the complete package" who has "encyclopedic knowledge and brings incredible depth and diversity of experience" (2019). Laura is regularly rated by Chambers USA as one of Washington's "Leading Lawyers" for insurers in commercial insurance work, is included in the Best Lawyers in America directory for insurance law, and has been named one of Washington's "Top 100 Lawyers" (2012-2019), "Top 50 Women Lawyers" (2009, 2011-2019), "Top 10 Lawyers" (2015), and "Super Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage (2008-2019), among many other honors.


  • Recognized in 2021 in the "Best in Insurance & Reinsurance" practice area by Euromoney Legal Media Group Americas in their "Women In Business Law Awards" category.
  • Chambers-Ranked Band 1 practitioner for Insurance: Insurer in Washington DC (2019-Present); also ranked in Insurance: Dispute Resolution: Insurer in USA – Nationwide; Listed by Chambers USA as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Insurance (2002-Present).
  • Named the Washington, D.C. "Insurance Lawyer of the Year" by The Best Lawyers in America directory (2017, 2020, 2021). Included in The Best Lawyers in America directory for Insurance Law (2008-present); listed in Best Lawyers "Women in the Law" (2016-2019).
  • Named one of Euromoney's "Benchmark Top 250 Women in Litigation" (2015-Present).
  • Named one of DC's "Top 100 Lawyers" (2012-Present), "Top 10 Lawyers" (2015), "Top 50 Women Lawyers" (2009, 2011-Present), and "Super Lawyers" for Insurance Coverage (2008-Present) by Super Lawyers magazine.
  • Recognized as a Global Elite Thought Leader for Insurance & Reinsurance by Who's Who Legal (2019, 2021) and Thought Leader for Insurance & Reinsurance by Who's Who Legal (2018-present).
  • Included in ALM's "2021 Women Leaders in the Law."
  • Included in The American Registry’s America's Leading Lawyers For Business 2020: Nationwide (2020)
  • Named one of Washington's "Best Lawyers" by Washingtonian magazine (2011).
  • Named to Business Insurance magazine's list of "Women to Watch" (2011); and "100 Leading Women" in Insurance (2000).
  • Named one of Law360's "10 Most Admired Insurance Attorneys" (2010).
  • Included in The International Who's Who of Insurance & Reinsurance Lawyers (2010-Present).
  • Included in Legal Media Group's: Insurance and Reinsurance Expert Guide (2006-Present): Women in Business Law Expert Guide, for Insurance and Reinsurance (2010, 2012-Present).
  • Named by The Legal 500 US a "recommended lawyer" in Insurance Law (2012-2013, 2015-2016).
  • Named by Lawdragon as one of "500 Leading Lawyers in America" (2010-2014) and as one of "3000 Leading Lawyers in America" (2006-2007).
  • AV Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell's highest ranking by peers for general ethical standards and legal ability.


Admitted to practice: District of Columbia; U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth, and District of Columbia Circuits; U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Editorial Advisory Board, Law360 Insurance (2013-2015, 2019, 2021)
  • Board of Regents and Founding Member, American College of Coverage Counsel (ACCC)
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Connecticut School of Law, Insurance Law Center (2017-Present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Co-Chair (2012-2013), Section of Litigation, Sound Advice Committee
    • Past Chair, Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee (ICLC)
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS), Appellate Advocacy Committee
  • Center for Public Resources, Distinguished Panel of Neutrals for the Inter-Insurer Program
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI), Appellate Advocacy and Insurance Coverage Committees
  • District of Columbia Bar
    • Co-Chair (2002-2004) and Steering Committee Member (2002-2007), Courts, Lawyers and the Administration of Justice Section
  • Editorial Advisory Board, New Appleman on Insurance Law Library Edition
  • Member, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC)
  • Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia (WBA)
    • Founding Co-Chair, Insurance Law Forum (2008-2012)

Recent Highlights, News & Knowledge

"Are you Prepared for a Ransomware Attack? Preparing for Threats and Managing the Crisis" (July 21, 2021). Presenters: Michael K. Atkinson, Caroline E. Brown, Laura Foggan, Kristin J. Madigan, CIPP/US, Jeffrey L. Poston, Evan D. Wolff. Speech/Presentation
"Insurers’ COVID-19 Notepad: What You Need to Know Now, Week of July 19, 2021," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (July 19, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Adam J. Singer, Rachel A. Jankowski, Samuel H. Ruddy Client Alert / Newsletter
"Insurers' COVID-19 Notepad: What You Need to Know Now (Week of July 12)," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (July 13, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski, Samuel H. Ruddy, Adam J. Singer Client Alert / Newsletter
Policyholders Undaunted By First Appellate COVID Coverage Loss Law360 (July 9, 2021) Media Mentions
"Insurers' COVID-19 Notepad: What You Need to Know Now (Week of July 5)," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (July 6, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski, Samuel H. Ruddy, Adam J. Singer Client Alert / Newsletter
"In First Federal Appeals Court Ruling, Eighth Circuit Finds No Insurance Coverage for Covid-19 Related Business Losses And Affirms Dismissal of Action Under Iowa Law," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (July 2, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski Client Alert / Newsletter
"Insurers' COVID-19 Notepad: What You Need to Know Now (Week of June 28)," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (June 28, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski, Samuel H. Ruddy, Adam J. Singer Client Alert / Newsletter
Laura Foggan Named Among Insurance Business America's Elite Women (Jun.28.2021) Firm News / Announcement
"Don’t be that Victim: The Critical Need for Ransomware Response Plans," Privacy Law Alert (June 23, 2021). Contacts: Michael K. Atkinson, Caroline E. Brown, Laura Foggan, Michelle Ann Gitlitz, Carlton Greene, Michelle J. Linderman, Jeffrey L. Poston, Paul M. Rosen, David (Dj) Wolff, Evan D. Wolff, Maida Oringher Lerner, Matthew B. Welling Client Alert / Newsletter
"Insurers' COVID-19 Notepad: What You Need to Know Now (Week of June 21)," Insurance/Reinsurance Alert (June 21, 2021). Contacts: Laura Foggan, Rachel A. Jankowski, Samuel H. Ruddy, Adam J. Singer Client Alert / Newsletter