Laura Welikson practices appellate law as an associate in the firm's Litigation Practice Group. Laura focuses on complex litigation, legal strategy, motion practice, and appeals throughout the federal and state court systems. She joined the firm in 2018.
Prior to joining Bradley, Laura worked at the New York office of an international law firm. There, she focused on international and domestic commercial litigation. She worked on cases involving a wide range of legal issues, including the Anti-Terrorism Act, Alien Tort Statute, sovereign immunity, tort, and contract law. On behalf of a large financial institution, Laura participated in multiple successful dismissal motions of multimillion-dollar lawsuits filed in federal courts. She also assisted in a successful Second Circuit appeal, helped a client defeat a FOIA request sent to a U.S. governmental agency, and facilitated defendants’ discovery responses in class action litigation against multiple automobile manufacturers. In addition, Laura worked on an internal investigation on behalf of a large financial institution involving requests for information from regulators and governmental agencies around the world.
Laura assisted Jon Blackman in researching and writing “Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victims Protection Act,” published in Business and Commercial Litigation in Federal Courts, Fourth Edition (Thomson Reuters and the American Bar Association Section of Litigation), on February 23, 2017.
Laura maintains an active pro bono practice. She has represented an indigent client in housing litigation, successfully filed motions to vacate the convictions of a victim of sex trafficking, helped negotiate the restoration of an artist’s sculpture displayed in the courtyard of a New York City Co-Op, and coordinated a research project on behalf of the Campaign for Fairer Sentencing of Youth, aiming to abolish life without parole sentences for juveniles.
Laura clerked for Judge James E. Graves, Jr. on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 2016 to 2017, and for Judge James L. Cott in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York from 2014 to 2015.
Prior to law school, Laura was the Director of Research at Coleman Research Group in New York. Laura oversaw global research operations for Coleman, with offices in New York, London, Beijing, and Hong Kong. During her management, Coleman Research Group was ranked as the “highest quality research provider” in the industry by an independent industry research report.