Jacqueline M. Brettner
Insurance Coverage Litigation Attorney/Mediator
Ms. Brettner practices primarily in the areas of insurance coverage, commercial litigation, international business, and mediation. She represents corporate policyholders in complex insurance coverage disputes. She has experience evaluating and litigating coverage questions in the state and federal courts of Louisiana and Texas as well as in arbitration and mediation proceedings. Ms. Brettner frequently litigates oil and gas “package” policies, including well control insurance, on behalf of energy policyholders. And she assists A&E insureds in resolving complex professional and general liability claims. Ms. Brettner also represents policyholders in data breach and cyber liability claims.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Brettner counseled certain underwriters at Lloyd’s of London, certain London market insurance companies and a number of other international and domestic insurers. She was heavily involved in the multidistrict litigation stemming from Hurricanes Katrina, Ike, and Gustav where she handled force-placed coverage questions, first-party property claims, and business interruption and extra expense claims, among other coverage matters.
Originally from the Republic of Panama, Ms. Brettner is fluent in Spanish and regularly counsels her clients on international commercial transactions in her native language.
Ms. Brettner is a Registered Mediator with the Louisiana Bar Association. In her mediation practice, Ms. Brettner facilitates the resolution of business and commercial litigation, international commercial disputes, and complex insurance coverage questions.
NONPROFIT AND OTHER VOLUNTEER SERVICE
She currently serves as General Counsel to the non-profit, Panama Gateway International Association, Inc., and as a Vice-President of the Executive Board for the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana. Ms. Brettner also serves as Vice-Chair of the International Section and on the ADR Council for the ADR Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. In years past, Ms. Brettner has served as a volunteer attorney for the non-profits, Louisiana Appleseed and The Pro Bono Project. In 2011, Ms. Brettner was awarded Louisiana Appleseed’s Good Apple award in recognition for her work drafting the Louisiana Language Access Guidelines. These guidelines, adopted by Justice Kimball in 2012, provide translation services for indigent defendants who do not speak, or have trouble with, the English language.
RECOGNITION & AWARDS
In 2013, Ms. Brettner was honored by the New Orleans publication Gambit Weekly as one of New Orleans’ “40 Under 40” and, in 2014, she was named a “Top Female Achiever” by New Orleans Magazine. Ms. Brettner is also a recipient of the Frank L. Maraist award issued by the Louisiana Associate of Defense Counsel. The award recognizes young lawyers who demonstrate professional excellence, service to the profession and the bar, and a commitment to pro bono work and community service.
Ms. Brettner has also received the “AV Preeminent” Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell, which is the highest possible rating for ethical standards and legal ability.
Peer Review Rated
July 6, 2014
November 5, 2013
Year Admitted to Practice
Tulane University, J.D., 2006; Order of the Barristers; Senior Trial Winner, Tulane Moot Court; Monte J. Tillis Memorial Book Award for Trial Advocacy; Queen Mary School of Law, Certificate in International Business Union Law, 2005; University of Florida, B.A. in Political Science and Mass Communication, cum laude, 2001.
Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, and Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Texas State Bar Association. Member: Order of the Barristers. Executive Board Member and General Counsel to Panama Gateway International Association, Inc.; Vice-President and Board Member: Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana; Member: Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans; Registered Civil Mediator: Louisiana Bar Association ADR Section.
Areas of Practice
- Business & Corporate
- Commercial Litigation
- Insurance Coverage
- Mediation Services
- Renewable Energy & Clean Technology
Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. All Texas and Louisiana state courts.