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DeVonna M. Ponthieu

Family Attorney at Denham Springs, LA

5.0   4 reviews
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2002
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2021

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details

About DeVonna

Learn DeVonna’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    30%
    Handling contested and uncontested divorces (the divorces weren't usually contested, just the ancillary matters were).

    22 years

  2. Family
    30%
    Handling contested and uncontested matters involving child support, child custody and community property partitioning.

    22 years

  3. Criminal defense
    25%
    Represented people in my private law office as well as an assistant public defender in all criminal matters including drug related crimes, aggravated crimes (i.e.,, aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, 2nd degree murder, negligent homicide, vehicular homicide, etc.) and all misdemeanors (possession of marijuana, DWI, theft, etc.)

    22 years

  4. Juvenile law
    15%
    Represented minors in Child in Need of Care cases and also in Delinquency matters.

    22 years

I was born in Victoria, TX in d to Baton Rouge when I was 14 year old with my mom when she left my dad.  So, I know the impact a divorce can have on a family.  I married my husband in ed  married to him till he died in 2011.  I started law school in 1998 (I was 38 years old, so definitely a non-traditional student).  After graduating from LSU Law School, I took the bar exam and became licensed to practice law in 2002. 

In 2004, my husband and I decided to adopt two wonderful boys.  While it has been difficult at times, I am thankful to God that I have these two boys.  In 2011, my husband died in an automobile accident.  Since then I have been a single mom.

I attend Walker Baptist Church.

I was an assistant public defender for seven years until the budget cuts got me laid off.  Because of that experience, I know the criminal law very well.  In that time, I handled all types of felony cases (such as 2nd degree murder, aggravated rape, kidnapping, purse snatching, felony theft, possesion of schedule I, II, III and IV)  as well as misdemeanors such as possession of marijuana, DWI, theft, etc.

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Location

Law Office of DeVonna Ponthieu
30984 LA Hwy 16
Suite B2
Denham Springs, LA, 70726

Reviews

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Posted by Laura | April 22, 2015
Great!
She was great and provided a lot of detail.
Posted by lee | February 11, 2015
Fantastic, personable, caring and friendly
I was referred to Ms Ponthieu through a trusted friend. She has always been courteous, and patient with explaining answers and legal terms that I can understand. She made my divorce and civil matters painless and easy. I have and continue to refer her to my personal friends as well as acquaintances on numerous occasions. If you want a lawyer who genuinely cares about your issues as much as you do, please look no further.
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Posted by janey | February 8, 2015
Representation you can trust
Devonna has provided me with outstanding services with honesty and the knowledge needed to appeal to the courts, getting answers promptly! A plus legal advise.
Posted by Randy | January 25, 2015
The only lawyer to use
I used Ms. Devonna for a divorce several years ago. She let me know up front what to expect and and what it would cost. Hopefully, no one ever will need a lawyer, but, if you do, I would highly recommend Ms. Devonna.

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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021.

Suspension with Probation issued in LA, 2021
updated on 03/01/2023

This type of suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time, and must meet State ordered requirements. While on probation, the State monitors the lawyer's activities in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Probation issued in LA, 2021
updated on 03/01/2023

Probation means an attorney did something wrong but may still practice law. The State monitors the lawyer's activities for a period of time in hopes that he or she will not repeat the behavior.

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of DeVonna Ponthieu
  • 2002 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • 21st Indigent Defender's Office
  • 2005 - 2012

Education

  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Southeastern Louisiana University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Sample of Legal Cases

  • VANESSA MCELROY AND TIMOTHY KRUCKER VS. MICHAEL SLOAN AND HEATHER GILLMAN
  • Court awarded custody of the minor child to grandmother/grandfather

Associations

  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • President
  • 2016 - Present
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2002 - Present
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Vice President
  • 2014 - 2015
  • 21st Judicial District Bar Association
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Vice President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • 2010 - 2011
  • Florida Parishes of Louisiana American Inn of Court
  • Program Chair
  • 2008 - 2009
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2019
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Featured Attorney
  • Lawyers of Distinction
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2018
  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2017
  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2016
  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2015
  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2014
  • Law Day
  • Being an Attorney
  • 2013
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Denham Springs Family Lawyer DeVonna M. Ponthieu
DeVonna M. Ponthieu
Family Attorney
Denham Springs, LA
Licensed for 22 years
This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2021. See details