Chip Wagar is a founding partner of Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP and was the managing partner from 2001-2013. Chip represents both defendants and plaintiffs in serious personal injury and casualty litigation, primarily in medical malpractice and product liability cases. Chip was recognized nationally in defense of Siemens in a multi-million dollar products liability case in federal court in New Orleans. He was also lead counsel for the plaintiff in a medical malpractice case in which a jury returned an $8 million verdict; the highest award for a single victim of medical malpractice in Louisiana legal history. Chip has been awarded several top honors by his peers and numerous publications. Chip is also a teacher, author and podcaster who constantly surprises his partners and friends by how he finds the time to do all of these things.
A founding member of the firm, Tom has successfully litigated in state and federal district courts throughout Louisiana. His considerable experience also extends to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. Thomas' practice is focused on insurance litigation, personal injury, transportation liability, property and casualty defense, professional liability, defense coverage disputes and construction litigation.
Bob is a managing partner and he has been a member of the firm since 1996. Bob's practice is focused on business litigation and commercial real estate law. Named Best Lawyers' 2013 New Orleans' Litigation-Real Estate 'Lawyer of the Year.' Bob writes and lectures extensively in the legal arena, sharing his knowledge on topics including professional litigation and business law.
A partner of the firm, Nicole joined Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLPin 1996. She has more than 25 years experience trying suits in both state and federal courts. Furthermore, she also has extensive experience with arbitration and mediation. Her practice is focused on business litigation, commercial real estate, corporate law, and franchisor/franchisee relations.
Brad joined the firm in 2003 and is now a partner and full-time litigator. He has successfully tried cases in state and federal courts, and he is also admitted to practice in the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Brad's practice areas include insurance coverage and defense, corporate casualty, premises liability, trucking liability, and personal injury defense.
An associate attorney, Brittany joined Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP in 2015. In addition to her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Civil Law, she also holds a Masters of Business Administration. Brittany's practice is focused on business transactions and commercial real estate, as well as corporate and franchise law.
Amy has practiced law at our firm since 2007, devoting her time to litigation in Louisiana and Mississippi state courts. She has extensive experience in all aspects of insurance defense litigation, including property and casualty litigation, first party and extra-contractual liability, and coverage disputes.
Lara joined Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP firm in 2012, where she focuses completely on litigation. She has extensive experience in several areas, including insurance defense and coverage disputes, automobile, trucking, and premises liability, construction defect litigation, and more. Lara has been admitted to the bar in Louisiana and U.S. District Court.
Jared joined Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP in 2013. A Boston native, he is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Massachusetts, as well as the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. Today, Jared’s practice includes insurance defense, personal injury defense and trucking liability. He also assists clients with real estate closings and curing and insuring marketable title.
As an associate in the firm, Heather is a full-time litigator focused on insurance defense, personal injury defense, and trucking liability. She is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, as well as the Eastern, Middle, and Western District Courts of Louisiana and the Southern District of Texas.
Sarah joined our firm as an attorney in 2014, but she has worked for Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP in different capacities since she was in college. Sarah is now licensed to practice in the State of Louisiana in addition to the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana. Her practice as an associate includes medical malpractice and casualty litigation.
Deani has been with our firm since 2015. She practices in insurance defense, trucking litigation and personal injury defense. Deani approaches each case with fresh eyes and looks for economical solutions to even the most complicated matters. For more than twenty years, she has been involved in every aspect of litigation, including mediation, arbitration and trial, and has practiced in multiple state and federal courts across the country. Additionally, Deani has practiced successfully at the appellate level in several federal circuits. She is also NITA certified.
“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”
-Henry David Thoreau
A native of New Orleans, Mr. Maestri attended Auburn University where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Corporate Journalism in 2001. He received his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University College of Law in 2006.
Jade joined Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, LLP in 2016, and defends premises liability, personal injury and trucking liability. He also has extensive experience defending both state and federal workers' compensation claims, defending the National Flood Insurance Program, and defense of premises defendants in asbestos litigation. Jade has worked closely with clients through all aspects of litigation from inception through discovery, trial and appeal. Jade is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State Courts and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.
In his free time, Jade enjoys cheering for the New Orleans Saints and LSU Tigers.
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