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Lesley Jane Beam

Family Attorney at Breaux Bridge, LA

3.8   5 reviews
  • State Years
    Louisiana - LA 9 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 20 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2015
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
    Active No misconduct found

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Lesley J. Beam was raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has called Lafayette home since 2012, when she moved to Louisiana for her marriage to Aaron Baniewicz, Lafayette resident and ULL alumni.  Lesley graduated cum laude in May of 2000 from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Writing, with a minor in Business Administration.

Following her graduation from Vanderbilt University, Lesley attended Washington and Lee University School of Law in Lexington, Virginia, where she obtained her Juris Doctorate degree with honors in May of 2003.   While attending Washington and Lee, Lesley interned with the US Army JAG Corps on assignment at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., and the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office of Botetourt County in Virginia.  She was also legislative editor of the Environmental Law Digest and participated in mock trial and negotiations competitions.

Prior to her relocation to Louisiana, Lesley was a practitioner at a boutique domestic law only firm in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where she earned such accolades as nomination to Who’s Who among Executive and Professional Women, election as chairperson of the Young Lawyers Division of the Dauphin County Bar Association, and selection as a speaker and teacher for Pennsylvania Bar Association Family Law Division seminars and classes.  She was also elected to the William M. Lipsitt Inn of Court and participated in the Cumberland County Inn of Court.

Lesley’s current practice focuses on domestic matters at BHAA, including divorce, partition of community property, custody, support and adoption.  Her prior practice included experience in all domestic law matters, insurance defense and criminal law.

Lesley currently resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with her husband and child.  She is an active member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association, Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association and Young Lawyer’s Association.


Boyer, Hebert, Abels and Angelle, LLC
401 E. Mills Ave
Breaux Bridge, LA, 70517


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Posted by anonymous | May 4, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Empathetic and thorough!
I hired her as my divorce attorney. It was a simple divorce but I was so moved by her ability to treat my case with expertise while still maintaining a warm persona in our interactions.
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2010
Can't thank her enough
Lesley represented me in my custody case and I really can't thank her enough. She knew what she was talking about, she kept me informed throughout the whole process, and she was patient with me at a time when I was really worried about my kids and not the easiest guy to talk to. Not to mention the fact that she really kicked the other attorney's a**. I would recommend her to anyone and I owe her a lot of gratitude.
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Posted by anonymous | September 1, 2010
Couldn't have been more impressed
I used Lesley as my attorney in my divorce, and I couldn't be more thankful for her help. She was kind and sympathetic but matter of fact at the same time. She answered every question I had, was really accessible, and she made a very emotional and upsetting time so much easier for me. Over the course of two years she always met me early before court hearings, explained the next steps, and advised me on the law in a way I could understand. She never was afraid to go head-to-head with the other attorney. I now trust her so much, and I would recommend her to anyone.
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Posted by anonymous | March 25, 2010
dropped the ball
I had originally gone to her while I was still pregnant to ask some general questions about custody. I ended up not needing anything from her for about 9-10 months and I figured I would have another face to face meeting with her before we filed anything, but I was wrong. She only wanted to talk through e-mail, which I didn't have very easy access to at the time. I called her once because I had an urgent problem/question, and had to leave a message. That was fine, but she never called me back. Somehow one of her partners ended up with my my message and he called, but that obviously wasn't helpful. She never got the message and never called. I didn't actually see her until conciliation at which time she showed up almost 5 minuts late. Bottom line I wouldn't recommend the entire firm to anyone, ever!!
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Posted by anonymous | June 9, 2009
More confused!
I went to her firm for advice and I left there more confused than before. My question was about fair child support modification, which I have been paying 100% of since early 2004, and she turned it into more of a child custody conversation. Not only that, she made me felt like my parenting skills were at question due to the fact that I allow my kids to make educated decisions on their own; even though I try to provide them all the information they need to make a decision, both good and bad. Also, when I tried to mention laws that I read I got the "how dare you quote me the law. I already know the law, you don't need to tell me" attitude. I was not trying to tell her what she already knows, but was trying to understand if what I read was how things were handled. Not too sure if I would recommend her or the firm to anyone. But if I was treated like a moron, it is hard to say how many other people she treats that way.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Boyer, Hebert, Abels and Angelle, LLC
  • 2017 - Present
  • Intern
  • Us Army Jag Corps
  • 2002 - 2002


  • Washington and Lee University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003
  • Vanderbilt University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2000


  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Chairman
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  • Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
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  • Lafayette Bar Association, Family Law Section
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  • Lafayette Bar Association
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  • Louisiana State Bar Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Who’s Who among Executive and Professional Women
  • Who's Who In American Law
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Breaux Bridge Family Lawyer Lesley Jane Beam
Lesley Jane Beam
Family Attorney
Breaux Bridge, LA
Licensed for 20 years