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Valerie Briggs Bargas

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(225) 923-7843 | phone
(225) 292-6705 | fax

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Ms. Bargas has an active civil litigation practice with a focus on bad faith first party litigation and insurance defense (UIM/UM, property damage, personal injury, coverage issues, and other matters related to insurance issues).  She also handles medical malpractice defense matters, corporate litigation, and succession matters.  She has tried numerous cases (both Judge and jury) in Louisiana Federal and State Courts.  In addition, Ms. Bargas is asked regularly to speak on insurance defense related topics.  She has also served on a Hearing Committee for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board since 2010 and previously served as Chair of a Hearing Committee.

Ms. Bargas is actively involved in the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) as well as her community.  She currently serves as President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, as a Board member for PACE Baton Rouge and serves on the the Advisory School Board for Our Lady of Mercy School.  She is also a member of the LSBA House of Delegates. 

Professional Associations:

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Fellow of the American Bar Association
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
  • Dean McMahon Inn of Court

Professional and Community Involvement:

  • LSBA Young Lawyers Council, Representative, District 2 and 5 (2003-2006);
  • LSBA Young Lawyers Council, Secretary (2006-2007);
  • LSBA Young Lawyers Council Chair-Elect (2007- 2008);
  • LSBA Young Lawyers Council Chair (2008-2009); LSBA Young Lawyers Council Past-Chair (2009-2010);
  • LSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee (2004-present);
  • Chair, CLE “Practicing Law: The Early Years,” March 2007;
  • LSBA Budget Committee (2007-2008);
  • LSBA Board of Governors (2008-2009);
  • LSBA Summer School/Annual Meeting Subcommittee (2008-2009);
  • LSBA Chair, Committee to study involvement of Young Lawyers (2010-2011); 
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow (2007);
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala Committee (2007);
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala Co-Chair (2008); 
  • Board of Governers, State Bar Association, (2008-2009); 
  • Board of Directors, Vice-Chair (2010), Capital Area CASA of Baton Rouge (2007-2011);  
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation Board of Directors (2009-2010; 2012-present);
  • Community Partnership Panel, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2010-2011);
  • Hearing Committee Officer, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (2010-2016);
  • Nominating Committee (LSBA) (2011). 

Presentations:

  • Practicing Law, The Early Years, LSBA (March 2008)
  • Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most out of Your Evidence, NBI, (April 29, 2009)
  • Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes, NBI, (August 13, 2009)
  • Group Leader, Summer School for Lawyers/Judges, LSBA United States Supreme Court Opinions Project, June 2009.
  • Winning Your First Civil Trial, NBI, (June 18, 2010)
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Louisiana, NBI, (December 21, 2011)
  • Voir Dire and Jury Selection, NBI (Nov. 18, 2016)

​Awards:

  • 2015 Pro Bono Publico Award
  • 2011 Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award (presented by the Baton Rouge Bar Association)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2013, 2015-2016)

 

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