Deborah Trotter is dedicated to consumer advocacy and is best known for her practice in representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes and bad faith litigation. Deborah is also known as a leader in representing consumers under unfair trade practices and consumer protection laws, including class actions, qui tam actions, and as Special Counsel of state attorneys general in civil actions for Medicaid fraud, False Claims Act violations, and violations of consumer protection statutes.
Deborah has successfully advocated hundreds of first party commercial and residential property insurance claims. One she is particularly proud of was a multi-million-dollar Hurricane Katrina insurance claim for the Port of New Orleans. The Port’s claim involved the production of over 10 million documents, in addition to the receipt of millions of documents produced by the defendant. This monumental discovery task was assigned oversight by a Special Master, and Deborah was appointed Attorney Liaison for the Port of New Orleans. In addition to helping numerous homeowners recover throughout Louisiana and Mississippi devastated by Hurricane Katrina, she also helped the recovery efforts of business owners, condominium associations, and school districts, including Greater New Orleans Federal Credit Union, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, Grand Palace Hotel, Shadows on the Gulf, and the Pearl River County School District.
Deborah Trotter brought her wealth of knowledge and experience to Texas to advocate for victims of Hurricane Ike. Deborah successfully represented Barbers Hill Independent School District, La Porte Independent School District, and the City of Pasadena, Texas in their Hurricane Ike claims against their insurers. Helping communities recover as quickly as possible from the heart-breaking devastation caused by disasters brings great satisfaction and reward to Deborah.
Deborah brings to her practice enhanced consumer advocacy skills and experience because of her close work with state attorneys general and statutory based law while representing the State of Louisiana, as Special Counsel to the attorneys general. She is known for her leadership in various pharmaceutical cases brought by the State of Louisiana involving violations of Louisiana’s Medical Assistance Programs Integrity Laws, False Claims Act, and Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Laws, including in State of Louisiana v. GlaxoSmithKline, LLC, et al., State of Louisiana v. Abbott Laboratories, et al., and Louisiana v. Shire, et al. Deborah is also experienced in representing consumers in class actions for recovery from consumer fraud and antitrust violations.
Superstorm Sandy provided another opportunity for Deborah Trotter to help policyholders in their recovery efforts. She was successful in advocating for condominium associations, hospitals, school districts, and townships in their disputes against their insurance carriers and the National Flood Insurance Program. Deborah enjoyed working with the communities in New Jersey during their recovery, including Beachfront North, Riverview Towers Apartment Corp., Renaissance, Ivy House, Woodbridge Township, and Woodbridge School District.
Deborah is currently assisting residential and commercial policyholders recently affected by unprecedented flooding, hail, and tornadoes, as well as very active 2017 hurricane season. Deborah spends her off time serving in her community, travelling, playing golf, and watching baseball. Though she enjoys her work, she cherishes her time with God, family, and the great outdoors.
Learn more about insurance claim disputes by reading Deborah’s updates on the Merlin Law Group Blog here.
Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, Juris Doctor
Honors: ATLA Board of Advocates
President of the Environmental Law Society
Major: Common Law
Certificates: International Law
- St. Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic
- Universidad de San José, San José, Costa Rica
- Universität Wien, Vienna, Austria
William Carey University, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Bachelor of Arts
Honors: Leadership Award, Outstanding English Student