Judy L. Burnthorn


Judy graduated from Louisiana State University in 1982 Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree, concentrating in political philosophy.  She entered Tulane Law School where she served as a member of the Tulane Law Review, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1986. While at Tulane, Judy completed an externship with the Honorable Martin L. C. Feldman in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Judy has practiced law since 1986 and joined Krebs Farley after practicing at Deutsch Kerrigan LLP, serving as a partner, the Head of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Department, a member of its Managing Committee, and its General Counsel.

Judy has handled a wide variety of commercial litigation cases arising from issues of lender liability, letter of credit presentment, income and severance tax litigation, commodities churning, securities fraud, securities suitability and supervision, employment discrimination, directors’ and officers’ liability, Fair Debt Collection Practices Act violations, and professional liability. Judy has handled fidelity bond, class action, interpleader, quo warranto and insurance coverage lawsuits.  In multiple situations, she has represented excess carriers eliminating multi-million-dollar exposures claimed by the plaintiffs to exceed the attachment point, without indemnity contribution by her client.  

From a transactional perspective Judy has represented public companies regarding their reporting requirements under the Securities Exchange Act.

Judy splits her time between homes in Louisiana and Mississippi and has tried lawsuits in Mississippi and Louisiana state courts, federal courts, and arbitration panels. 

Judy is a lifelong member of St. Bernard Methodist Church where she serves as Lecter.  She loves snow skiing, scuba diving, target shooting, watching corridas, listening to flamenco music, and playing with her English and French bulldogs.