Rachal Chance Kramar

Partner / New Orleans

P: 504.561.0323 ext. 602

“Be yourself” and “be direct with your client” are central tenets of Rachal’s legal practice. In the courtroom, she’s seen that advocates who are not authentic and direct often have difficulty connecting with juries, and, thus, are less likely to achieve the desired result on behalf of their clients. Rachal knows she has been fortunate to work with excellent trial lawyers as mentors throughout her career. Regardless of courtroom style, “preparation is paramount.” Similarly, for mediation and arbitration, proper preparation allows one to best evaluate a claim. All of this goes to making the client’s experience as simple, stress-free, and expeditious as possible.

Based in New Orleans, Rachal has argued in 30 of Louisiana’s 43 state district courts and all federal district courts of Louisiana. In this way, her legal career reflects her personal experiences, having resided in most of Louisiana’s major cities and having relatives across the Pelican State – from the pine trees to the bayous. This also mirrors educational opportunities Rachal had when selected to represent the State of Louisiana in events such as the United States Senate Youth Program and the International Science and Engineering Fair.

At LSU’s Law Center, she worked as a research assistant to the late Susan B. Kalinka, beloved tax professor, and, upon graduation, she clerked for the Honorable John C. Davidson, Judge of the Ninth Judicial District Court. These experiences gave her a deeper appreciation for her home state and its legal landscape.

Since then, Rachal has practiced litigation in Louisiana and provided coverage analyses for diverse subject matter including, but not limited to, contractual issues, professional liability, product liability, maritime personal injury, and longshore and harbor workers’ compensation. She has represented clients by pro hac vice admission in Texas, Mississippi, and Florida. Rachal joins SBSB-Eastham’s experienced trial team and has expanded her practice to represent DBA clients in all administrative law districts.

Outside the office, Rachal’s creative outlets include sketching, painting, and sewing. She enjoys supporting the vibrant art community of New Orleans, along with her husband, who is a TV producer and professional art photographer.

Practice Areas

Practice Areas

  • General Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Insurance Coverage and Litigation
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation
  • Defense Base Act
  • Admiralty and Maritime
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Damage/Construction


  • J.D., B.C.L., Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Louisiana State University
  • B.S., Baylor University
    • Baylor in Great Britain – Imperial College London

Court Admissions

  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Representative Cases

  • Obtained “no coverage” verdict as trial counsel for alleged insurer, professional liability policy; Trosclair v. ACE Am. Ins. Co., No. 185301 (under seal), 32nd Judicial District Court for Terrebonne Parish.
  • Obtained “no coverage” judgment on peremptory exception for alleged insurer, commercial auto liability policy; Seibel v. Holmes, et al., No. 21-11694, 22nd Judicial District Court for St. Tammany Parish.
  • Obtained consent judgment for defendant, following motion for summary judgment, where investigation and deposition showed plaintiff could not have been on the premises of an industrial paper mill as alleged; Skipper v. Int’l Paper Co., et al., No. 17-0396, 4th Judicial District Court for Morehouse Parish.
  • Mediated multiple catastrophic injury claims.
  • Mediated multiple-loss property claims.

Speeches and Presentations

  • Presenter – Third Annual Maritime Risk Claim Seminar

Professional Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Shreveport Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
  • U.S. Senate Youth Alumni Association

Community Involvement

  • Member – New Orleans Museum of Art, Ogden Museum, CAC, and Arts Council of New Orleans
  • Judge – LSBA High School Mock Trial Competitions, Regions 2 and 4 – 2012, 2017-2019