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Valerie Briggs Bargas

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

Kinchen, Walker, Bienvenu, Bargas & Reed L.L.C.
9456 Jefferson Highway, Building F
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: 225-292-6704
Fax: 225-292-6705
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2016
Licensed in Louisiana Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Insurance Coverage, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Valerie Bargas is a partner at Kinchen Walker Bienvenu Bargas & Reed, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, serving Baton Rouge and the surrounding areas. Since 2001, Ms. Bargas has had an active civil litigation practice with a focus on insurance defense, business law and personal injury. 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 as well as first-party bad faith litigation. Ms. Bargas is asked regularly to speak on insurance defense-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 Board member for PACE (Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly) and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. She has also served on a Hearing Committee for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board since 2010 and currently serves as Chair of a Hearing Committee.

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 and Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.

Practice Areas
  • 80%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 10%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff


3 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2013, 2015 - 2016

About Valerie Briggs Bargas

First Admitted: 2001, Louisiana

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Bar/Professional Activity

  • Treasurer, Louisiana Bar Foundation (2015-2016)
  • Board of Directors, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2009 - 2016
  • Board member, PACE(Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly)
  • Member, Louisiana Bar Association, 2001
  • LSBA Budget Committee, 2007 - 2008
  • Board of Governors, State Bar Association, 2008 - 2009
  • Nominating Committee, LSBA, 2011
  • Hearing Committee Officer, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2010 - 2013
  • Community Partnership Panel, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2010 - 2011
  • Vice-Chair, Capital Area CASA of Baton Rouge, 2010
  • Board of Directors, Capital Area CASA of Baton Rouge, 2007 - 2011
  • Co - Chair, Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala, 2008
  • La. Bar Foundation Gala Committee, 2007
  • LSBA Chair, Committee to study involvement of Young Lawyers, 2010 - 2011
  • LSBA Summer School/Annual Meeting Subcommittee, 2008 - 2009
  • LSBA Board of Governors, 2008 - 2009
  • Chair, CLE "Practicing Law: The Early Years," March 2007
  • LSBA Continuing Legal Education Committee, 2004 - Present
  • Past-Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2009 - 2010
  • Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2008 - 2009
  • Chair-Elect, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2007 - 2008
  • Secretary, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2006 - 2007
  • Representative, District 2 and 5, LSBA Young Lawyers Council, 2003 - 2006
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member, American and Federal Bar Associations
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Louisiana, 2001

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Winning Your First Civil Trial, NBI, June 18, 2010
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Law in Louisiana, NBI, December 21, 2011
  • Handling Complex Auto Insurance Coverage Disputes, NBI, August 13, 2009
  • Personal Injury Trials: Getting the Most out of Your Evidence, NBI, April 29, 2009
  • Practicing Law, The Early Years, LSBA, March 2008


  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 2007
  • Judge Joseph Keogh Memorial Award - Baton Rouge Bar Association, 2011
  • For oustanding pro bono service to Louisiana's indigent, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2015

Educational Background

  • Smith College, B.A. in Environmental Science/Policy, Cum Laude, 1998

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • LADC
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Office Location for Valerie Briggs Bargas

9456 Jefferson Highway
Building F
Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Phone: 225-292-6704

Fax: 225-292-6705

Last Updated: 7/2/2021

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