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Mr. Guidry was the Executive Director of the Criminal Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice and was an assistant Attorney General assigned to the Land and Natural Resources Section of the Civil Division of the Louisiana Department of Justice as well as lawyer for the Governor and legislature.


In addition to his regular duties, he has been involved in legal issues affecting coastal restoration, ground water, public access to water, and other rights affecting navigable and tidelands waterways for fishing and recreation. 


Mr. Guidry was one of the primary lawyers for the State of Louisiana and all of its officials and agencies during the Congressional investigations surrounding hurricanes Katrina and Rita. He has spent several years in Washington DC representing Louisiana citizens in the recovery effort and in complex legal issues which arose as a result of those storms.


He has been a practicing attorney since October 1980 as a trial lawyer in both civil and criminal cases.  His experience includes over 80 jury trials in Federal and State Courts, and hundreds of judge presided trials in almost every jurisdiction in the State of Louisiana.  He is also admitted to practice in all United States Courts in Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.


He has also, throughout his legal career, represented state and local government entities and has represented East Baton Rouge Parish and several municipalities regarding legal issues affecting those bodies.


In addition to being a practicing trial lawyer, Mr. Guidry is a farmer, a professional musician and a writer.  He also appears as “Crawdaddy, Cajun at Law”, a cajun comedy act, and performs with his touring band, “Crawdaddy and the Crustaceans” playing Cajun, Zydeco and Swamp Pop music. He has appeared many times on local and national television and radio and is the author of several columns in magazines and newspapers.  He is also the author of “A Litany of Louisiana Legal Letters” a book of form letters for practicing attorneys.


Mr. Guidry has been a guest lecturer at Southeastern University on safety issues, and has been a featured lecturer for the Louisiana Association of Notary Publics and the Louisiana Justice of the Peace and Constables convention, and an instructor at University of Louisiana at Lafayette school of Law Enforcement.


Mr. Guidry has an undergraduate degree in politics from LSU, a law degree from Loyola, and a masters degree in the school of hard knocks. He is a french speaking Cajun who is not afraid to take on any issue in any forum.  His motto is: “Have Law -Will Travel, Have Injustice-Will Travel Swiftly!!!!”









Languages spoken: English, French

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 70%
    36 years
  2. Personal Injury: 30%
    36 years



Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

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Contact info

111 Rue Concorde
Suite B
Abbeville, LA, 70510


LAEligible to practice law198001/10/2016

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Public Reprimand
    issued in LA, 2001


    Public reprimand means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State gives the lawyer a public reprimand in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior. Details of the infraction are made part of the public record.

  2. Suspension
    issued in LA, 1994


    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

  3. Suspension
    issued in LA, 1990


    This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBurton P. Guidry & Associates2000 - Present
Assistant Attorney GeneralLouisiana Attorney General's Office2000 - 2008
City AttorneyTown of Slaughter1996 - 2000
VolunteerCapital Area Legal Services1993 - 1996
PartnerGuidry Law Firm1993 - 2000
PartnerHarig & Guidry1990 - 1993
Public DefenderEast Baton Rouge Parish1987 - 1991
PartnerGuidry & Berey1985 - 1990
PartnerGuidry & Louviere1984 - 1985
Assistant Parish AttorneyParish of East Baton Rouge1982 - 1984
SoloBurton P. Guidry, A Professional Law Corporation1982 - 1984
PartnerEdwards & Guidry1980 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lafayette Parish Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Louisiana District Attorneys AssociationN/AN/A
World Jurist AssociationN/AN/A
Louisiana Public Defender BoardN/AN/A
National Legal Aid and Defender AssociationN/AN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense AttorneysN/AN/A
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense LawyersN/AN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/AN/A
Louisiana Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Livingston Parish Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Feliciana Parish Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Baton Rouge Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Louisiana Association for JusticeN/AN/A
National Association of Attorneys GeneralN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Louisiana v. Roland Bernard IIIRoland Bernard III was found not guilty by a 12-person jury.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Around the Bar (BRBA)Letter to the Editor2014
Louisiana Litany of Legal Lettersn/aN/A
Louisiana HorseworldBarn BriefsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Baton RougeAcademy of PoliticsN/A1995
Loyola University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Louisiana State University, Baton RougePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1976
Kaplan High SchoolN/AHigh School Diploma1972
Gulf Area Vocational Technical SchoolElectronics and TV RepairN/A1972