Mary E. Colvin

Special Counsel

Mary E. Colvin is special counsel with the Baton Rouge office of Erlingson Banks, PLLC.

A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Mary earned her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University in 2007 and her Juris Doctorate and Graduate Diploma of Civil Law from the Louisiana State University Law Center in 2010, where she graduated Cum Laude.

Mary focuses primarily on representing and defending public entities in issues arising from the Louisiana Public Records Law. In that regard, Mary reviews and responds to public records requests by identifying and redacting confidential and other non-public information contained in those records, filing declaratory judgment actions and defending public entities from mandamus lawsuits. In addition, Mary has experience in defending claims arising in a broad range of practice areas including traditional tort law, products liability, professional liability, premises liability, insurance coverage litigation, and construction law. Mary also has a successful appellate practice, which includes preparing and opposing writ applications and final appeals.

Mary serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Committee on the Profession. The mission of the Committee shall be to support and encourage lawyers to exercise the highest standards of integrity, ethics and professionalism in their conduct; to examine systemic issues in the legal system arising out of the lawyer’s relationship and duties to his/her clients, other lawyers, the courts, the judicial system and the public good; to provide the impetus and means to positively impact those relationships and duties; to improve access to the legal system; and to improve the quality of life and work/life balance for lawyers.

Mary is also currently the Associate Board Chair for City Year Baton Rouge. City Year is a non-profit whose mission is to help bridge the gap between what schools and teachers are able to provide and what students in our community need. Every year, 15,000 students drop out of high school in Louisiana. This has a profound impact on our state’s economy and our communities. City Year works to fix this by connecting young AmeriCorps members to our most under-resourced public schools, giving those schools the necessary people power needed to keep their students on track.

Bar Admissions

Louisiana 2010
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana

Professional Associations and Memberships

Baton Rouge Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association’s Committee on the Profession


  • Louisiana State University, B.S. 2007
  • Louisiana State University, J.D. 2010

Areas of Practice

  • Tort Based Claims
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Premises Liability
  • Appellate Practice
  • General Civil Litigation
  • Law Enforcement Defense