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I love imperfect problems: complex problems without clear-cut answers that require creative litigation strategies and cost-effective solutions. Whether executing those resourceful strategies through discovery, depositions or motion practice, I am committed to providing value to clients. In addition to litigating in the trenches, I am adept at crafting and delivering well-reasoned written and oral argument for appellate consideration, especially in matters that involve unresolved legal issues or issues of first impression.


Throughout Louisiana, Tina Kappen litigates claims arising under first-party property, flood, general liability, professional liabilty, and employer’s liability/worker’s compensation policies of insurance. Tina’s litigation experience also includes coverage disputes arising out of environmental, toxic tort, and long-latency disease exposure to asbestos, silica and radiation. Among other disputes, Tina’s environmental litigation practice includes a large measure of claims arising out of underground storage tanks, piping, gasoline stations, and the transport of fuel and chemicals under automobile liability policies with MCS-90 endorsements.

During her 19 years at Lugenbuhl, Tina has also litigated a significant number of construction defect coverage claims, bad faith claims, and public sector liability claims. Nationally, Tina Kappen has litigated claim and coverage disputes involving flood policies issued under the National Flood Insurance Program, including claims in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, New York and New Jersey.

Tina regularly counsels clients before litigation regarding the applicability of coverage exclusions, analyzes choice-of-law, drafts reservation-of-rights letters, and negotiates cost-share agreements and favorable settlement resolutions. When pre-suit resolution is not an option, Tina actively litigates insurance coverage claims as well as pro bono claims involving the defense and protection of animals.

Besides litigation, approximately 20% of Tina’s practice is devoted to appellate work, and she has successfully argued and briefed insurance-related and procedural issues before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Louisiana’s First, Third and Fourth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Tina is also an Associate Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School, where she teaches Deposition Practice and Procedure. Tina became a Lugenbuhl shareholder in 2012.

Outside the Office

As a “band mom,” Tina can usually be found cheering on the John Curtis Colonial Regiment Band and high school football team under the Friday night lights. She also enjoys glittering high heels – the signature Mardi Gras throw for the Krewe of Muses, which supports women’s initiatives through community awareness and fundraising. When not out and about, Tina is at home relaxing with her seven rescue pups, husband and stepson, watching National Geographic or learning Spanish.


  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2003
    • Member, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
    • Member, Tulane International Law Journal
    • Phi Alpha Delta
    • Order of the Coif
  • Stephens College, B.A., magna cum laude, 2000


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • All Louisiana State and Federal Courts


  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit


  • Muses Mardi Gras Krewe

  • “Evaluating Valued Policy Law” The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin
  • “Pretender Defense Costs: To Pay or Not to Pay?” The Insurance Coverage Law Bulletin, Volume 3, November 2004
  • “Domesticating International Corporate Responsibility: Holding Private Military Firms Liable Under the Alien Tort Claims Act,” 11 Tul. J. Int’l & Comp. L. 325 (2003)
  • “International Law of the Sea: Reconciling the Law of Piracy and Terrorism in the Wake of September 11th,” 27 Mar. Law. 257 (2002)

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