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Darrel James Papillion

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Darrel Papillion is a veteran trial lawyer who has represented hundreds of clients in serious personal injury cases during his 20 years as a lawyer.  He is President-Elect of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is Past-President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association.  He has taught law students at LSU Law School for the past 15 years.

 was born in Eunice, Louisiana, in St. Landry Parish.   He was Student Body President at Louisiana State University at Eunice, before transferring to Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.  He attended LSU on an academic scholarship, graduating with a degree in History, with minors in English and Political Science in 1990.  


He attended LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center on a full scholarship.  After graduation, he served as a law clerk to Associate Justice Catherine D. Kimball of the Louisiana Supreme Court, before joining the New Orleans office of McGlinchey, Stafford, where he worked from 1995 to 1999.


In 1999, he moved to Baton Rouge, where he began representing plaintiffs in personal injury and wrongful death cases.  He is a partner in the law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, which he founded, along with Edward J. Walters, Jr., David Abboud Thomas, and J.E. Cullens, Jr. in June 2010.   All four partners in the firm had practiced together, with great success, at another Baton Rouge firm for at least 10 years. 


He handles complicated wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases, including industrial accidents, severe burns, paralysis, medical malpractice, 18 wheeler accidents, sexual abuse, medical negligence and other matters.


He is very active in professional associations and is a frequent legal author and lecturer. 


 He is the Past-President of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association, and a host of other professional and civic organizations.



Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Wrongful Death: 34%
    21 years, 50 cases
  2. Medical Malpractice: 33%
  3. Personal Injury: 33%
    21 years, 500 cases



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  • Scott Earl Brady

    I endorse this attorney. Darrel is respected in the legal community for his exceptional knowledge of law and skill in the courtroom.


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Contact info

Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens

12345 Perkins Road
Building One
Baton Rouge, LA, 70810


LAEligible to practice law199411/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism AwardLouisiana State Bar Association2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AssocMcGlinchey Stafford1995 - 1998
Law Clerk to Associate Justice Catherine KimballLouisiana Supreme Court1994 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana State Bar AssociationBoard of Governors2010 - Present
Rotary Club of Baton RougeBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationNominating Committee2008 - 2010
Louisiana State Bar AssociationCLE Committee2003 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationEthics Advisory Service2002 - Present
Louisiana Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of GovernorsN/A
Louisiana State Bar Association, House of DelegatesMemberN/A
Baton Rouge Bar AssociationBoard of DirectorsN/A
Wex S. Malone American Inn of CourtPresidentN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Big Trucks, Big CasesPersonal Injury Litigation2015