LaDonna Schexnyder’s early experience included working in a firm’s admiralty and maritime practice, where she gained litigation experience in bench and jury trials as well as arbitrations. Since joining Lugenbuhl in the firm’s Baton Rouge office following Hurricane Katrina, LaDonna has concentrated on counseling and representing insurance companies in property coverage disputes in both Louisiana and Texas. Her catastrophic disaster work has included litigating both residential and commercial property losses and handling hundreds of mediations related to claims involving Hurricanes Katrina, Rita, Ike, Gustav, Isaac, Laura, Delta and Ida, as well as Superstorm Sandy involving the representation of NFIP insurers.
LaDonna’s practice now focuses on representing insurers in both pre-litigation matters and litigation involving the defense of first-party claims, extra-contractual claims, and bad faith claims on both commercial and residential properties. She assists clients with pre-litigation counseling, conducting examinations under oath, and counseling insurers through arson investigations and appraisal proceedings.
To further assist her insurer clients, LaDonna expanded her practice by obtaining her license to practice in the state and federal courts of Texas. After having participated in hundreds of mediations, LaDonna attended The Mediation Institute, where she completed training in civil, commercial, employment, family and divorce mediations, qualifying her to act as a mediator in the State of Louisiana.
Outside the Office
Outside the office, LaDonna enjoys spending time with her husband, children, grandchildren and four dogs. Traveling to new places is also one of her favorite activities, as well as reading a good book at the beach.
- Legier & Company, APAC v. The Travelers Indemnity Company of Connecticut, (E.D. La. 4/28/10) 2010 WL 1731202 (appropriate formula for calculating “actual loss of business income” is [projected net income minus total projected operating expenses] + [actual continuing normal operating expenses [including payroll] – gross profits actually earned)
- Dismissal of a commercial hurricane lawsuit in the insurer’s favor following discovery of clear evidence of fraud by the plaintiff.
- Arrest of an insured for fraud by the State Fire Marshall following examination under oath.
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- New Orleans Bar Association
- Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- Texas Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Baton Rouge Bar Association
- Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
- Defense Research Institute
- Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
- Maritime Law Association