As a law student, I had the opportunity to work for a federal judge in the Middle District of Louisiana. I also worked in the Gaming Division at the Office of the Attorney General. During my second summer at LSU Law, I was recruited by and worked as a summer associate at the New Orleans firm Montgomery Barnett. After that summer, the firm offered me a full-time job and when I graduated and passed the bar, I became an associate.
At Montgomery Barnett, I handled disputes of all sizes, including appeals. I represented the local candle-maker as well as the Norwegian oil company. I was also called upon by Louisiana businesses for planning and advice.
My solo practice started in 2012. I advise businesses and if necessary I represent them in court. Most of my business comes from client and attorney referrals and a lot of my clients are lawyers themselves. I’m particularly proud of the diversity of my practice and my clients benefit from this. Because I can afford to select the matters I work on, my clients know I’m genuinely interested in their situation(s).
I’m active in legal leadership roles. As a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Legislation Committee, I help determine whether the LSBA will speak for all Louisiana attorneys in supporting or opposing pending legislative bills. My practice is fairly evenly divided between state and federal courts, and since 2010, I’ve sat on the Board of Directors of the largest chapter (New Orleans) of the Federal Bar Association. I also sat on the National Board of Directors of the Younger Lawyers Division of the FBA (2011-2014).
I was a scholarship track and cross country athlete at The Citadel, in Charleston, South Carolina. I graduated in 1998 with a B.A. in English Literature.
I studied law at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D. and Diploma of Civil Law, 2009). I was a member of the Trial Advocacy Board and I competed all over the world as part of LSU’s Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot team.
Since it opened in 2010, I’ve been a part owner of a running shop (Varsity Sports) on Magazine Street. I’m also a partner in a New Orleans brewery which opened Uptown in 2017.
Every Easter weekend, I produce the professional aspect of our city’s Crescent City Classic 10k run; I work year-round with agents and professional athletes from all over the world. In May of each year, I produce a fun event called the Tchoupitoulas Barathon. I’m also a member of The Round Table Club.
I live in Uptown New Orleans with my wife Melissa and our daughter Ellis.
|LA||Eligible to practice law||2009||09/26/2020|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2017|
|Top Lawyers in New Orleans||New Orleans Magazine||2017|
|Top Lawyers in New Orleans||New Orleans Magazine||2016|
|Clients Choice Award||Avvo||2015|
|Top Lawyers in New Orleans||New Orleans Magazine||2015|
|Attorney||Lilly, PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond & Mintz, LLP||2009 - 2012|
|Summer Associate||Duplass Zwain Bourgeois Pfister & Weinstock||2008 - 2008|
|Summer Associate||Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond & Mintz, LLP||2008 - 2008|
|Law Clerk (Civil Rights Division)||Louisiana Attorney General's Office||2008 - 2009|
|Law Clerk (Gaming Division)||Louisiana Attorney General's Office||2008 - 2009|
|Extern for Hon. James J. Brady||United States District Court Middle District of Louisiana||2008 - 2009|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Legislation Committee||2012 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||National Board of Directors - Younger Lawyers' Division||2011 - Present|
|New Orleans Bar Association Oil & Gas Committee||Member||2011 - Present|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Leadership LSBA Class||2011 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (New Orleans chapter)||Board of Directors||2010 - Present|
|Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel||member||2010 - Present|
|Friends of Lafitte Corridor||member||2010 - Present|
|Louisiana State Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|New Orleans Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Defense Research Institute||member||2009 - Present|
|American Bar Association||member||2009 - Present|
|Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel - All Concern Encouraged||member||2009 - Present|
|Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|Citadel, Military College of South Carolina||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1998|
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