Valerie Briggs Bargas

Top rated Insurance Coverage attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas & Reed L.L.C.
Valerie Briggs Bargas
Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas & Reed L.L.C.

Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Estate Planning & Probate; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 2001

Education: Tulane University Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2016

Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas & Reed L.L.C.

Two United Plaza, Suite 202
8550 United Plaza Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70809 Visit website


Valerie Bargas is a partner at Kinchen Walker Bienvenu Bargas & Reed, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serving State and Federal Courts throughout Louisiana. Since 2001, Ms. Bargas has had an active civil litigation practice with a focus on insurance defense with a focus on bad faith litigation, business law, and personal injury defense. She has extensive experience with both judge and jury trials in Louisiana federal and state courts.

Attorney Bargas has a thriving insurance defense practice that entails representation for cases pertaining to uninsured or underinsured motorists, property damage, personal injuries, coverage issues and a focus on first-party bad faith litigation. Ms. Bargas is asked regularly to speak on insurance defense and trial-related topics. Her presentations have included Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes, Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Louisiana, and Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most Out of Your Evidence.

As a dedicated and compassionate attorney, Ms. Bargas is actively involved in the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as her community. She currently serves as a member of the House of Delegates for the LSBA and as a Board member for Louisiana Appleseed, the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and Karnival Krewe De Louisianae (the fundraising arm of the Mary Byrd Perkins Cancer Center).  

Ms. Bargas received her baccalaureate degree, cum laude, from Smith College (B.A., Environmental Science/Policy, 1998) and her law degree from Tulane University Law School (J.D., 2001). She is currently a member of the American and Federal Bar Associations, Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

Practice areas

Insurance Coverage, Estate Planning & Probate

Focus areas

Bad Faith Insurance, Insurance Defense

  • 90% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Estate Planning & Probate

First Admitted: 2001, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2007
  • For oustanding pro bono service to Louisiana's indigent, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2015
  • Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award - Baton Rouge Bar Association, 2011
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • 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
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Louisiana, NBI, December 21, 2011
  • Winning Your First Civil Trial, NBI, June 18, 2010
Educational Background:
  • Smith College, B.A. in Environmental Science/Policy, Cum Laude, 1998
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Louisiana, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Member, American and Federal Bar Associations
  • Member, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Louisiana Bar Association, 2001
  • Board member, PACE(Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Representative, District 2 and 5, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2003 - 2006
  • Secretary, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2006 - 2007
  • Chair-Elect, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2007 - 2008
  • Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2008 - 2009
  • Past-Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 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
  • La. Bar Foundation Gala Committee, 2007
  • Co - Chair, Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala, 2008
  • Board of Governors, State Bar Association, 2008 - 2009
  • Board of Directors, Capital Area CASA of Baton Rouge, 2007 - 2011
  • Vice-Chair, Capital Area CASA of Baton Rouge, 2010
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2009 - 2016
  • Community Partnership Panel, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2010 - 2011
  • Hearing Committee Officer, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2010 - 2013
  • Nominating Committee, LSBA, 2011
  • Treasurer, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2015-2016)
Industry Groups:
  • Admiralty
  • and CGL
  • Automobile
  • Property

Office location for Valerie Briggs Bargas

Two United Plaza, Suite 202
8550 United Plaza Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 225-292-6704


2 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2023 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2016

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