Dona K. Renegar

Dona K. Renegar

Location:
Lafayette, Louisiana
Phone:
337-446-2709
Fax:
337-234-5310
Email:

Originally from Alexandria, Louisiana and a 1984 graduate of Holy Savior Menard Central High School, Dona attended college at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She spent her junior year studying abroad in Mons, Belgium on a CODOFIL Scholarship. Dona graduated magna cum laude with Bachelor of Arts degrees in French and English in 1988, where she was honored as the Most Outstanding Graduate. In 1989, Dona enrolled in Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, during which she participated in the Juvenile Law Clinic, which enabled her to handle cases pending in juvenile court for Orleans Parish under the supervision of a licensed attorney. Upon graduating cum laude from Tulane Law School in 1992, Dona began working for the Legal Service Corporation, garnering significant experience in representation of victims of domestic abuse. In 1994, she returned to Lafayette and continued a Family Law practice until joining an insurance defense firm where she developed additional experience in general casualty and employment law, specifically workers' compensation and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims. She joined Veazey Felder & Renegar, L.L.C. in January of 2006 and she has an AV Rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Her practice is concentrated in the areas of Family Law, Louisiana Workers' Compensation Act claims, Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act claims, automobile liability and premises liability.

Dona is a member of the Lafayette Parish and Louisiana State Bar Associations and the Duhe American Inn of Court. She was chosen as Louisiana's Outstanding Young Lawyer for 1999 and was selected to be a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2000. Dona served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association from 2017 to 2018. She is the former Chair of the Louisiana Young Lawyers Section and is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, all federal district courts and all state courts in Louisiana.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Products Liability
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation & Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 1992
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1988
    • Major: French
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette
    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1988
    • Major: English

Published Works

  • "The Cause and Effect of Recent Changes to the Louisiana Bar Examination", Louisiana Bar Journal, August/September, 2013 Vol. 61, No. 2, co-author

Classes/Seminars

  • “LSBA: Who We Are and How We Serve Our Members”, Lafayette Bar Association CLE by the Hour, December, 2018; Lafayette Bar Association Bench/Bar Conference, September 2018 and Louisiana State Bar Association Four Corners CLE Covington, Lake Charles, West Monroe and Bossier City, May, 2018
  • “Good Guys Win – The LSBA Serving Our Members in Many Ways”, Acadia Parish Bar Association, December, 2018; Louisiana State Bar Association Summer School, June, 2018 and Louisiana State Bar Association Historic Charleston CLE, February, 2018
  • “JLAP: Your Secret’s Safe With US” , Louisiana State University Law School Mineral Rights Institute CLE, March, 2018; Lafayette Bar Association CLE by the Hour, December, 2017 and Louisiana State Bar Association New York New York CLE, November, 2017
  • "Adjudication: Judging Others, Judging Yourselves, and Being Judged by Others", Louisiana Judicial College 2016 Spring Judges Conference, April, 2016
  • "How to Create a Successful Meritage: Blending the Varietals of Bench and Bar", Louisiana State Bar Association Uncorked! A CLE Adventure in California's Wine Country, March, 2014
  • "AWW, TTD, SEB, PTD - Seriously! Stop Mickey Mousing Around and Learn the Basics of Workers' Comp Law", Louisiana State Bar Association Dazzling Disney CLE Seminar, March, 2010
  • "Primer for Handling Workers' Compensation Claims", Private Client Seminar, September, 2009
  • "Social Security & Workers' Compensation: When the Claimant Applies for Disability", Workers' Comp 2007: Facing the Challenges Louisiana State Bar Association CLE Seminar, November, 2007, co-presenter

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer Workers' Compensation, 2018 - 2019
  • Acadiana Profile Top Lawyers Family Law and Workers’ Compensation, 2019
  • Outstanding Attorney Award - Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer, 2013
  • Outstanding Small Law Firm Award - Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, 2009 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award, 2009
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana, 1999
  • Outstanding Graduate, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Fall 1988

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Immediate Past President 2018-2019, President 2017-2018, President-Elect 2016-2017 and President-Elect Designee 2015-2016
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Board of Directors 2008-2011, Member 1996 - present
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow 2000 - Present
  • John M. Duhe, Jr. American Inn of Court, President, 2011-2012, Member, 2007 – Present
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, 1996 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2016 -2019, 2011 - 2014, 2005 - 2006
  • Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, 2008 - 2011, 2002-2005 & 2014-2016
  • American Inn of Court of Acadiana, 1998 - 2005