At Brelly, our mission is to make insurance claims easy.

We do this by creating new technologies that solve old problems. Ultimately those technologies will make life better not only for homeowners and businesses, but for everyone involved in insurance claims.


Brelly was born out of frustration. We’ve helped thousands of people through insurance claims. We’ve also navigated our own claims as homeowners. And through it all, we saw first-hand how unnecessarily difficult it was for regular people to get through their property insurance claims and get back on their feet. Claims stalled for months or even years. People worn down by stress and anxiety. Lives stuck in limbo. Our frustration wasn’t just that people faced these problems but that these problems were fixable. With the right technologies, tools, and support, we knew there was an easier way for people to handle claims – one that would empower people to get their lives back to normal faster and with fewer disruptions.

So we created Brelly, a one-of-a-kind technology company dedicated to helping homeowners and businesses recover from insured property loss.

Who we are

Brelly exists to help policyholders and the professionals who support them. Although we make claims-handling easier for both policyholders and insurance companies, we are not an insurance company, and we do not work for insurance companies. We work for you, and we’re obsessed with just one thing: helping you recover your insured losses fully, quickly, and conveniently.

To do that, we’ve built a team that brings years of experience in claims handling, restoration contracting, law, and technology. We know what gets claims processed quickly and fairly and what doesn’t, and we use that knowledge to power technology solutions that help claimants. Drawing on our unique combination of skills and expertise allows us to do that rarest of things in the insurance industry: innovate.

How we help

Brelly gives you free resources and tools that make for easier claims and better results.

Our resources help you understand the claims processes, insurance coverages, and laws that are most important to your claim.

Our tools take the hard work and guesswork out of your claim. They assist you in completing required tasks, like building an inventory, documenting damages, or tracking and submitting expenses. Brelly's tools guide you through the claims process, giving you peace of mind that you're handling your claim the right way. And they all come together in our Claim Manager, an all-in-one platform that streamlines and simplifies your claim from beginning to end.

Meet the Brelly family

Tobias has spent years in insurance claims, construction, and enabling service companies with tech advantages and systems. When Tobias started, it was under the name Claimly, but later made a detour to Brelly. "Brelly stands for everything that we are; we do have you covered!"

Tobias is a serious entrepreneur with over a decade of successful business leadership experience. When he is not traveling for Brelly or working in New Orleans, he spends time with his wife, Sarah, and their three children at their home in Houston, TX.

"I've been developing this business idea for several years while dealing with the problems we are solving firsthand. And now, I have the honor and opportunity to lead an incredible team of people at Brelly toward a fantastic goal. Helping people deal with a bad situation in a new and easier way through technology; it's exciting and fulfilling work. The insurance claims handling industry has needed a facelift and adrenaline boost for a while, and we hope to be a big part of that movement!"

Tobias Patch
Founder and CEO

Alston is a co-founder at Brelly, where he manages product and legal matters. Alston’s calling at Brelly began when Hurricane Ida damaged his home, exposing the desperate need for a better way to handle property claims and repairs. Since then he’s been obsessed with building that better way.

An attorney by trade, Alston previously practiced law at Laitram and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Before his legal career, Alston worked in the United States Senate. He holds a BA in economics and a JD from Tulane University.

A Louisiana native, Alston resides in New Orleans with his wife, two cute kiddos, and mutt named Finn.

Alston Walker
Co-founder and CMO

"Growing up in the aftermath of devastating hurricanes in Southeast Louisiana, I saw firsthand the struggles of communities trying to rebuild and recover. Fueled by this experience, I am determined to develop technology that can help people regain a sense of normalcy and safety more quickly and thoroughly after natural disasters and tragic accidents to their properties."

Reed Stephens, a tech visionary with a background in artificial intelligence, has a deep sense of purpose and a passion for innovation designed to help underserved individuals. Reed graduated from Tulane with an MBA and a Master of Machine Learning from Georgia Tech.

"I am very excited to be part of a leadership team of like-minded individuals working to pioneer solutions that will make a real difference in the lives of people in New Orleans and beyond."

Reed Stephens
Lead Engineer

Harry is passionate about working on projects that make an impact on people’s lives, and for him, there is no better fit than Brelly. Together with the technical team, he builds and manages Brelly’s customer-facing platforms focusing on creating functionality that actually makes a difference in people’s lives.

Harry has witnessed disaster on many levels. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, he worked with farmers who’s livelihoods had been destroyed by weather and war. He later spent time in Beruit, we’re he worked with a startup helping the unbanked access financial services during the ongoing conflict in Lebanon. When he returned to the US, he set about helping people the best way he knew how, writing code.

Harry has a B.S. in finance from the University of New Hampshire and an MBA and M.S. in Data Science from Tulane University.

Harry Fox
Lead Engineer