Born Ville Platte, Louisiana, October 8, 1958; admitted to Louisiana State Bar 1983; also admitted to practice before Supreme Court of Louisiana, U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana. Preparatory education: Louisiana State University(B.A. 1980, Economics); legal education, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University (Juris Doctor,1983). Member: Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and Maritime Law Association of the United States.