Rachel S. Kellogg

Rachel represents insurers in matters involving a variety of personal and commercial coverages at both the trial and appellate court level. 

About

She represents major insurers in a wide variety of matters involving general liability, directors & officers, employment practices liability, employee benefits liability, automobile and property coverages at both the trial and appellate court levels. Additionally, she counsels insurers in disputes concerning the ranking of policies and obligations of other insurers and has represented insurers in obtaining recovery from other companies based on policy ranking and subrogation rights. 

Rachel has also represented insurers and their governmental insureds in claims arising under various liability coverages, including claims involving civil service law, civil rights violations, employment discrimination and employee benefits. 

 

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage

  • Appeals

  • Governmental Liability

  • Employment Liability

 

Notable Representations

  • Obtained judgment in favor of an insurer regarding the application and ranking of other coverage and successfully defended the judgment before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals resulting in recovery of the insurer’s $1.5 million dollar settlement payment. Deville v. Conmaco/Rector L.P., 516 Fed.Appx. 296, (5th Cir.2012).

  • Represented an insurer’s European affiliate in negotiating a multi-million dollar subrogation recovery. 

  • Obtained reversal of a district court decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court in favor of a governmental client concerning the termination of a civil service employee. Meiners v. St. Tammany Par. Fire Prot. Dist. No. 4, 2020-0491 (La. 10/1/20), --- So.3d ---, 2020 WL 6146106.

  • Obtained dismissal of a terminated employee’s §1983 and Title VII claims in favor of a governmental client and successfully defended the decision before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Malin v. Orleans Par. Commc'ns Dist., 718 Fed.Appx. 264 (5th Cir.2018).

  • Served as coverage counsel for insurers in connection with direct action suits filed by third parties involving various personal and commercial coverages.

  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of insurers before various Louisiana district courts wherein the courts determined that there was no coverage for both first-party and third-party claims. 

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., B.C.L., 2002

  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Accounting, 1999

Experience

  • Schafer & Schafer, LLP

Publications/Speaking Engagements

  • Insurance Coverage Litigation Boot Camp: Reviewing the Claims File (Is there Misconduct?), NBI (October 2018)

  • Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know, Ethics, NBI (December 2019)

Admissions

  • Louisiana

  • U.S District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel