How Can I Help You Move Forward?

An energetic, responsive and passionate attorney, I place my insurer clients’ business first, resulting in excellent partnerships. I strive to provide my clients with focused and innovative solutions in defense of first-party property claims, including pre-litigation counseling, bad faith claims, and litigation involving commercial and residential properties. 


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. 


  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D. & Certificate in International Studies, 2003
    • Moot Court Staff Member
    • Teaching Assistant
  • Northeast Louisiana University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1989


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • All Louisiana State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts for the State of Louisiana
  • All Texas State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for the Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • 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