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James Parker Layrisson

also known as Parker Layrisson

About Me

  • I help people injured in car accidents recover the compensation they deserve without needless frustration and stress, even if they have no money to pay me or their doctors.

  • Louisiana lawyer Parker Layrisson has held the best peer ranking available to attorneys since 2009: Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV Preeminent rating. This review means that Louisiana judges and lawyers have rated Mr. Layrisson for very high ethical standards and very high to preeminent legal abilities. Mr. Layrisson also was named as a “Top Lawyer” for New Orleans Magazine in 2009.   Since 2011, he has maintained a 10.0 rating on Avvo.  In 2012, Mr. Layrison received the LexisNexis Client Distinction Award for excellence in quality of service, responsiveness, communication ability, and value for money.  Finally, in 2012 and 2013, Louisiana Super Lawyers named him to its "Rising Star" list.

  • Mr. Layrisson is a former #1-ranked LSU Law student, who served as editor-in-chief of the Louisiana Law Review, and achieved membership in the Order of the Coif (top 10% graduates). He also won awards for obtaining the highest grades in Criminal Law, Federal Civil Procedure (courses I & II), Obligations, and Jurisprudence. Finally, he published a law review paper, co-authored a DWI law book, wrote an auto accident handbook, and authored several other legal reports.

    • LSU Law Center, J.D., graduated with honors
    • Tulane University, B.A., graduated with honors
    • American University, completed semester criminal justice program



    • Federal Judicial Law Clerk

    • Louisiana Assistant Attorney General

    • Special Counsel to the Louisiana Attorney General

    • Ponchatoula City Prosecutor

    • Special Counsel to Tangipahoa Parish

    • Counsel to Tangipahoa Parish Drainage District #1

    • Counsel to Ponchatoula Police Department

    • President of Port Manchac

    • Congressional Staff to U.S. Representative

    • Research Assistant to LSU Law Professor


    MEMBERSHIPS (past and present)

    • American, Federal, Louisiana State, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and 21st Judicial District Bar Associations

    • Florida Parishes Chapter of the American Inns of Court

    • 21st Judicial District Young Lawyers Association, President

    • Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellow

    • LSU Law Chancellor's Council

    • Southeast Spouse Abuse Program, Vice President/Treasurer

    • Ponchatoula Rotary Club, President-Elect

    • Hammond City Club, Board Member

    • Leadership Tangipahoa

    • Ponchatoula Chamber of Commerce

    • Hammond Chamber of Commerce

    • Leaders Impacting Tomorrow's Tangipahoa

    • Boy Scouts of America, Friends of Scouting fundraising chairman


  • Former employer and Louisiana Attorney General Richard Ieyoub publicly described Parker Layrisson as "a first-rate young man and an emerging legal talent… [who] possesses an exceptionally bright legal mind and a wealth of wisdom and common sense."

  • Tom Enmon, a client and President of Jani-King's Gulf Coast Region, added this: "Parker Layrisson is an excellent attorney. He has represented my company with great skill. I'd recommend Parker to anyone seeking a good trial lawyer."
    Other references are available upon request.


  • Parker Layrisson resides in Ponchatoula, Louisiana. He is married to Brandie Bruno Layrisson.  They worship at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and Holy Ghost Catholic Church.  

  • In addition to practicing law, Mr. Layrisson has authored several books, consumer guides, and a newspaper column. He has also volunteered coaching youth basketball and baseball. He is a past president of the Ponchatoula Rotary Club, Port Manchac, and the 21st JDC Young Lawyers Association.


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Practice Areas


  1. Personal Injury: 95%
    12 years
  2. Wrongful Death: 5%
    12 years



Contingent (33-39%)

Attorney Endorsements

12 total 

  • Keith Landry Magness

    I endorse Parker. His passion for representing people injured in car accidents is overly apparent. I would not hesitate to refer clients to his team.


    Keith Magness Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Michael S. Finkelstein

    Parker is an incredibly knowledgeable and skilled attorney who has built strong relationships with his clients through quality representation and communications.


    Michael Finkelstein Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Parker Layrisson Law Firm

125 E Pine St
Ponchatoula, LA, 70454


LAEligible to practice law200209/03/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Rising Star (Personal Injury: Plaintiffs)Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Rising Star (Personal Injury: Plaintiffs)Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising Star (DUI/DWI Defense)Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Clients' Choice AwardAvvo2013
Top Lawyers in LouisianaAmerican Lawyer Media2013
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Rising Star (Personal Injury: Plaintiffs)Super Lawyers Magazine2012
Top Lawyers as Chosen By Their PeersNew Orleans Magazine2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberParker Layrisson Law Firm2008 - Present
Associate / PartnerScandurro & Layrisson, LLC2004 - 2008
Judicial Law ClerkUSDC EDLA (Federal District Court)2003 - 2004
Assistant Attorney GeneralLouisiana Department of Justice2002 - 2003
Editor in ChiefLouisiana Law Review2001 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
21st Judicial District Bar AssociationMemberN/A
LSU Law Chancellor's CouncilMemberN/A
Louisiana Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of CourtMemberN/A
New Orleans Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Baton Rouge Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Federal Bar AssociationMemberN/A
21st JDC Young Lawyers AssociationMember / PresidentN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Global Wildlife Foundation v. Nicholas BrilleauxPlaintiff's request for Injunctive Relief DENIED; Defendant's request for attorney's fees GRANTED
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Publication NameTitleDate
Word Association PublishersDWI Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Louisiana DWI Law2013
Self-publishedAccident Handbook: Top 5 Mistakes to Avoid2012
Inns of Court CLEDWI 101: Attacking Your Basic Drunk Driving Case2012
Thomson ReutersNegotiating a Plea Deal in DUI Cases2012
LSBA CLEProfessionalism for Judges and Lawyers2011
The Ponchatoula TimesAsk an Attorney2004
Louisiana Law ReviewAdmissability of Expert Witness Testimony at Summary Judgment in Louisiana2001
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Tulane UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Winning DWI CasesEthics & Client Communications2013
21st Judicial District Bar Association CLEDWI 101: Attacking Your Basic Drunk Driving Case2013
CLE for Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of CourtDWI 101: Attacking Your Basic Drunk Driving Case2012
21st Judicial District Bar Association CLEProfessionalism From the Bench and Bar2012
Louisiana State Bar Association CLEProfessionalism From the Bench and Bar2011
City Club Law Enforcement BanquetLouisiana Department of Justice -- Attorney General2011
Chamber of Commerce Legislative Hobnob2011 Legislative Priorities2011
Rotary MeetingPort Manchac Economic Development2010
Kiwanis Club MeetingPort Manchac Economic Development2010
Kiwanis MeetingSmall Town Law Practice2008
Kiwanis MeetingLouisiana Department of Justice Programs2003