Steven J. Koehler
earned my Juris Doctor degree from
the L. S. U. Law Center in 1980. I
spent the next year as law clerk for
the 14th Judicial District Court in
Lake Charles, where I had an opportunity
to observe many lawyers in practice.
I would then talk with the judges
about the trials and motions which
had just been heard. This experience
was invaluable, as I learned what
was successful in court, what wasn't,
When my clerkship ended, I moved
back to Metairie, and immediately
began putting my newly found insights
to work. In my first three years,
I mostly handled matters for a law
firm which primarily did personal
injury work. In 1984, I changed my
focus to defending insurance companies.
I found this work more fulfilling
because it afforded me more time in
the courtroom than any other kind
of civil law practice. Over the next
ten years, I handled thousands of
cases, often having three or four
cases set for trial in a week. I tried
hundreds of cases during that time.
I learned how to effectively organize
my practice because it is impossible
to handle that many cases without
being well organized.
In 1988, I joined the firm of Leefe,
Gibbs & Koehler, and my practice expanded
to include representing small businesses.
In 1991, I became a director of a
small community bank. In October of
2001, I left the law firm to establish
The Koehler Firm. I am concentrating
my practice on handling successions
and representing small businesses.
I feel God has blessed me by allowing
me to work in a profession that I
truly love, where I can help people
resolve problems and still support
my family. My years of experience
and organizational skills allow me
to deliver quality work at a cost
below most other attorneys.
Steven J. Koehler
Attorney at Law