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I am the Managing Attorney in the law firm of Michael L. Barras, A Professional Law Corporation. I pride myself on honesty, integrity, and vigorous advocacy of my clients' rights. I also pride myself on being as accessible as possible to my clients in today's busy legal climate. My mission in the practice of law is to provide effective legal representation while keeping my clients in the loop and getting the results that they deserve.

My practice is focused on representing injured victims of car accidents, truck accidents, 18-wheeler accidents, offshore accidents, boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, and other accidents that cause serious injuries.


I provide a wide variety of business services including litigation, litigation support, policy and procedure review, consulting, labor and employment law compliance, and transactional services.

My practice also reaches into the areas of Divorce, Child Custody, Family Law, Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice, and General Civil Litigation.


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Practice areas


  1. Family: 35%
  2. Real Estate: 30%
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
  4. Workers Compensation: 10%
  5. Business: 5%



Hourly ($250-350/hour), contingent (33-45%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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LAEligible to practice law200708/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing AttorneyMichael L. Barras, A Professional Law Corporation2009 - Present
Associate AttorneyGalloway Jefcoat, L.L.P.2007 - 2009
Clerk for the Honorable Paul J. deMahy16th Judicial District Court, State of Louisiana2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2010 - Present
American Association for Justice, Employment Rights Sectionmember2010 - Present
Federal Bar Association (Lafayette/Acadiana chapter)Member2010 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Lafayette Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Inn on the Teche American Inn of CourtMember2006 - Present
Lafayette Young Lawyers AssociationPublicity Committee Chair2009 - 2010
Lafayette Young Lawyers AssociationAwards Committee Chair2008 - 2009
Lafayette Young Lawyers AssociationAwards Committee Chair2007 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Falling Television CaseThe case settled at $125,000.00 with around $10,000.00 in medical bills and no surgery reccommendation.
Workers Compensation CaseSettlement at $100,000.00, a favorable settlement considering the age of the case and the fact that the client was a low wage earner when injured.
Personal Injury CaseCase settled for $400,000.00
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Publication nameTitleDate
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogFinancially prepare yourself for Divorce2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogIs a DWI crackdown on the horizon?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogFewer young adults are abusing prescription drugs2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogWhy so many boating accidents?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogWhat Are Your Rights?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogTrucking and distracted driving: a deadly combination2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogChild Custody Arrangements2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogDistracted driving leads to accidents, injuries2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogWho is a Seaman?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogInjuries At Sea2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogAre you missing out on benefits?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogMedical Errors and Malpractice: What are they? What can I do to stay safe?2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogSize Matters: Differences with 18-wheeler accidents2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogSlip-and-Fall/Trip-and-Fall Law2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogSaving Sanity: Settling Out of Court2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogCar accidents are not always “accidents.” And, insurance coverage does not always “cover” the involved damages.2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, BlogMaritime claims are different2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC, Blog5 Ways to Save Money on Divorce2012
Michael L. Barras, APLC BlogWhy Louisiana’s Jury Trial Threshold is Fair and Should Not be Legislatively Reduced2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of Louisiana, LafayetteBusiness AdministrationMaster in Business Administration (M.B.A.)2003
University of Louisiana, LafayetteBusiness ManagementBS - Bachelor of Science2002
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Handling the Workers' Compensation Case from Start to FinishWorkers' Compensation2013
Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education - Law DayThe Practice of Law2007