I was fortunate to attend the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (formerly the University of Southwestern Louisiana). From there, I went on a trek of continuing education in various programs at Louisiana State University and Tulane University, and I finally ended at Loyola University Law School to earn my juris doctorate. Following a short stint in New Orleans, I decided to take the opportunity to return home to Lafayette where I became in-house counsel for a large insurance company. This provided me with experience as a springboard to embark on a considerable journey with Allen & Gooch where I eventually achieved partnership status. While spending over 20 years at Allen & Gooch, I had the opportunity to work on a diverse practice in various courts throughout the State of Louisiana. My practice has included numerous court appearance, including before the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Then, in 2021, I made a life and career change and became one of the senior partners of Parker & Landry, overseeing the Alexandria office. My practice, however, still includes the entire state of Louisiana. My current primary areas of practice are workers’ compensation, insurance defense, insurance coverage, and subrogation/intervention matters. I’ve represented major insurance companies, major corporations, restaurant chains, and public entities. Some examples of my contested matters have included workers’ compensation fraud claims, premises liability, auto accidents, deleterious food conditions, and police misconduct.
I’m seemingly known for my tenacity and creativity in overcoming challenges. I’ve pushed the envelope and charted new territory, which eventually lead to the creation and implementation of round robin mediations, bringing together clients, numerous attorneys, plaintiffs, and, on occasion, judges, to reach settlements within a very short time period. The process has allowed plaintiffs’ counsel and clients to meet without interruption and get to the bottom line of the case. The success rate has been as high as 90%, proving to be very cost-effective for all parties.
Additionally, my creativity and resourcefulness has developed a large caseload of Second Medical Opinions (SMO) and Independent Medical Examinations (IME) within the workers’ compensation defense arena. I’ve worked with many to get the job done, including working with vendors, and vetting medical providers who provide adept knowledge to achieve valuable SMO/IME information necessary to properly adjust or prosecute the claim.
I enjoy using and sharing my extensive litigation knowledge at speaking engagements for private trainings and continuing education programs, as well as various industry organization and association events. In my spare time, I’m an avid outdoorsman, which led me to open a kayak business on beautiful Iatt Lake in Grant Parish. I also serve as Justice of the Peace in Grant Parish. So, if you are interested in getting married in Grant Parish, I’m the person to contact!