Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard proudly introduces four exceptional attorneys as newly appointed shareholders within the firm. "Our Board of Directors and esteemed shareholders are thrilled to extend a warm welcome to Louis Colletta, Adelaida Ferchmin, Carin Marcussen and Destinee Ramos as our latest additions to the shareholder ranks. Their talent and dedication align perfectly with our commitment to excellence, and we eagerly look forward to participating in and contributing to both their personal growth and the continued success of our firm," remarked Benjamin Kadden, Managing Partner of Lugenbuhl.

Louis Colletta joined Lugenbuhl in 2022. Specializing in casualty, marine, and commercial litigation, he brings over two decades of legal experience representing transportation authorities, governmental bodies, and private enterprises. Louis graduated from Tulane University Law School and served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gene Thibodeaux. Louis excels in appellate advocacy, with successful representations in various courts, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits. He has received accolades such as the Leadership in Law Award from New Orleans City Business and recognition as a top attorney in casualty and marine litigation by New Orleans Magazine. Additionally, he is listed in Best Lawyers of America and holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell.

Adelaida (Adi) Ferchmin joined Lugenbuhl’s Admiralty & Energy group in 2021. Adi focuses on advising clients in a wide variety of maritime, insurance, and energy matters. When working with her clients, Adi uses her knowledge of Spanish, Polish and Croatian to assist clients with international transactions and matters involving foreign entities or witnesses. Growing up in San Juan, Puerto Rico Adi has a thorough understanding of not only the languages, but barriers that can be brought on by cultural differences which has proven to be an asset when advising clients. Her experience includes representing the interests of domestic and international insurers, marine terminal owners, ship owners, charterers and P&I Clubs on matters related to insurance coverage and defense, personal injuries, vessel collisions, vessel purchases and documentation and charter party disputes, among others. Adi is an active member and the former President (2011-2015) of the New Orleans Chapter of the Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association since 2006. She is also actively involved in the Maritime Law Association. 

Carin Marcussen joined Lugenbuhl’s insurance section in 2021. She boasts a diverse practice encompassing complex litigation areas such as insurance coverage, bad faith, wrongful death, personal injury, contract, fraud, Consumer Protection Act, surface damages, and broker/dealer litigation. Her adeptness lies in effectively managing all parties involved and devising strategies to ensure timely completion of tasks. Additionally, she has represented clients in arbitrations with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. Carin’s academic achievements include being the valedictorian of Bethel High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma in 1996, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in finance and international business from Oklahoma State University in 2000, and earning her Juris Doctorate, with honors, from the University of Oklahoma in 2003. Admitted to the Oklahoma Bar in 2003 and the Texas Bar in 2021, Carin’s legal practice extends across various federal district courts and appellate courts. Actively engaged in her legal community, she serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Disaster Relief Committee and the Civil Procedure and Evidence Code Committee, and she looks forward to continuing her community involvement in Texas.

Destinee Ramos joined Lugenbuhl in 2018. Destinee has amassed invaluable experience, actively participating in all phases of litigation, from pre-dispute negotiations to formal litigation. Specializing primarily in general commercial litigation defense and dispute resolution, she has represented a diverse clientele including blue water ship owners, carriers, logistics providers, trucking and shipping distributors, oil and gas providers, as well as small and large companies, and their insurers. Destinee’s expertise spans domestic and international law, with direct involvement in numerous significant maritime and commercial litigation matters, including LHWCA/DBA matters, showcasing her ability to grasp complex legal issues for expedited client resolution. Magna cum laude graduate of Tulane University Law School, where she was elected to Order of the Coif and served as Senior Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal, Destinee holds a Certificate in Maritime Law and received the Charles Kohlmeyer Jr. Award for outstanding J.D. graduate in maritime law. She also interned for Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Wilkinson, Jr. during law school.

About Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard

Founded in 1986, Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard is a nationally recognized full-service law firm specializing in core practice areas including admiralty and maritime, bankruptcy, insurance, litigation, commercial, corporate, real estate, and estates and trusts. The firm has evolved and expanded with offices in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Shreveport, Houston, and Gulfport to better serve the needs of its national and international clients.

For more information about Lugenbuhl and its areas of practice, call (504) 568-1990 or visit