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Laura Goecke Burns

Laura Goecke Burns

Executive Committee Member
Corporate Risk Management Co-Team Leader

Laura leads the BartlettJames Corporate Risk Management Team Leader and serves a member of our Executive Committee.  Laura served as legal counsel in the insurance industry for more than thirty years and she has held the coveted CPCU designation while an active practitioner of insurance risk management.  Her seasoned insights and experience from the world of insurance and risk management routinely proves invaluable to the BartlettJames portfolio of clients.  Laura is based in Iowa.

Laura has more than 35 years of experience in business, insurance, and collegiate teaching, while a practicing attorney.  While a member of a private law firm, she was a trial attorney focusing on commercial and contractual litigation in both state (Iowa) and federal court.  Her cases included clients in the banking, manufacturing, insurance, and retail insurance industries.  While working as an attorney for a national property casualty insurance carrier, Laura worked investigations from the ground up in sexual misconduct, personal injury, and employment for both commercial and personal policyholders.  She also developed and taught risk management programs for company employees and policyholders.  Finally, Laura was responsible for hiring and managing outside counsel and participating in mediations across our country.

As a college professor, Laura has taught multiple courses in business, insurance, medical ethics and law.  She has also developed courses for use at the university level and she has served on the Iowa State Ethics Board hearing cases involving attorney ethics complaints that resulted in disciplinary resolutions by the Iowa Supreme Court.

Laura is a graduate of Drake University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and the Drake University Law School, where she participated in the Moot Court program.

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