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Currently a Solo Practitioner, Private Attorney in Shreveport, LA. Took a long & winding road to get here! The eldest of my 5 siblings, and have been since I was 6. My mother married a man with 6 more kids when I was 12! Went to schools in Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Virginia and Ohio before returning to Brandon in '75. I had always taken the easier & softer approach to life in general, pretty much taking the Get-High Road, head-ing straight into retirement immediately after High School! Enjoyed that while I was still young, foolish, & could absorb the pratfalls. Spent too much time in arrested development: Sometimes arrested, and some times in development!
My girlfriend back in the daze, Jolene Bouchard & I had a son, Stephen, in the early 80's, who she didn't let me help raise (though Stephen & I have a relationship now that he's an adult). I married MD Shirley Welch's daughter, Cindy, in Brandon in '84 and was blinded in my left eye following a near-fatal automobile wreck later that same year. Cindy was tragically killed in another car accident some years later. Married Sherry Thomas in '93 and we had 2 daughters: Rebecca & Camille (now 17 & 15 respectively). They are a handful, but they're MY wondrous handful! Divorced now for several years and a single parent with sole custody. Have been in a relationship with a wonderful spirit-filled woman, Jeannie Herman, for many years. She makes me a better man in every way.
Lost my best friend, business partner, and sister: Mignon 'Missy' Pauline Mouton (BHS '79), to a sudden illness in late '03. Life is what we make it, then we ask God to fix the mess! Have enjoyed re-establishing contact with old friends and acquaintences. Drop me a line!
Along with sobering up in Alcoholics Anonymous in '89, I returned to higher education (after spending/wasting too much time being 'Higher Ed' or Half-Fast Eddie, if you prefer) and went straight through Jr. College (AA '91) graduating w/Presidential Honors, then to The University of New Orleans (BA '93). Undergrad at UNO was truly wonderful, having the chance to attend & experience college in the Big Easy. Won a scholarship to study abroad in Innsbruck, Austria in my senior year, and went back the entire following summer as Asst to the Director of the UNO Int'l Study Program before miraculously getting admitted to LSU Law School in '93 in Baton Rouge (JD '96) with the help of some terrific friends with the necessary pull. They vouched for me despite my colorful past.
Law School proved to be the most challenging experience I'd ever encountered in life and was not as much fun, but was more intellectually inspiring than I'd imagined! Over half the class was gone by graduation–as they promised us all at Orientation. When finished, a total of 7 years straight through after embarking on this road, I actually surfaced with a law degree! Did cinch the LA Bar Exam on the first try.
Though I miss the undergrad experience, wouldn't brave another go at Law School! Still kicking around the idea of taking the Florida Bar Exam someday.
Started off in the late 70's learning a trade: Printing. Made a good impression as a press operator & quick print shop manager through my late 20's. Had lots of odd jobs in construction and was a bellman at a Captiva Island, FL resort, South Seas Plantation for a few years. Later, I landed a position at a local record store in Brandon, FL (The Record Factory) where I rose to Manager in no time. Flipped over my much loved Toyota Celica Supra in '84 and was sidelined for about a year, then got my feet all wet managing my family's Scuba Diving shop in Apollo Beach. My MIL owned a motel in Maggie Valley, NC which my wife, Cindy & I managed for a several years. Fate & circumstances led me to New Orleans where I started college. Worked as an English Composition tutor, an Administrative Assistant, and then as a WestLaw Student Rep. Sold used Macs through college and offered Apple tech support much like the Maytag Service guy, too! After getting to Shreveport I hung my own shingle in '99 and have made a decent living as a General Practitioner ever since, following a 3 year stint slaving a'ways as a Public Defender. Actually, I loved the gig as a 'free lawyer' a la Atticus Finch, Matlock & Perry Mason; I've racked up a pretty solid reputation along the way.
Until the next chapter unfolds, I'll just practice law until I get it right, One Day–and as many cases as I can–at a Time. Still excited every morning when I get up to make the trek to my office. I truly love what I do and thank God & providence every day!
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|LA||Eligible to practice law||1996||11/03/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Appellate Advocacy||LSU Law Center||1997|
|Ambassador Scholarship||University of New Orleans Int'l Study Prgm||1995|
|Distinguished Collegiate Scholarship||Kiwanis||1995|
|Attorney at Law||Mouton Law Firm||2000 - Present|
|Pre-Associate||J. Minos Simon, Attorney at Law||1996 - 1996|
|Asst Felony Attorney||Caddo Parish Indigent Defender||1996 - 2000|
|Student Representative||West Publishing (Westlaw)||1994 - 1996|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Criminal Defense Bar of NW LA||Charter Member||2002 - Present|
|Lawyer's Assistance Program||Chairman||2000 - Present|
|Red Mass Society||Member||2000 - Present|
|LSBA||Member||1996 - Present|
|Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1996|
|University of New Orleans||Pre-Law||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1993|
|Delgado Community College||Pre-Law||AA||1991|