405 W Main St Suite 200 Lafayette, LA 70501 US

(337) 291-9833

FAMILY LAW | CRIMINAL LAW | PERSONAL INJURY

About, Experience & Awards

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Jonathan is an award-winning solo practitioner, focusing primarily in the areas of family law, criminal law, and personal injury.  He has experience in all areas of family law, including issues of child custody, support, divorce, community property, and domestic violence protective orders. 

 

Admitted to practice in 2012, Jonathan began working for an insurance defense firm, and chose to pursue a solo practice after about a year. He took his first volunteer protective order in 2013; a decision that he says changed his life for the better. After a successful hearing, a tearful embrace, and words of encouragement, he left his job and opened his solo practice, assisting survivors of domestic violence ever since.

Jonathan is an experienced criminal law attorney. The principle of freedom which Americans highly prize is demonstrated in this nation’s commitment to the presumption of innocence in a criminal trial. In many other nations, the accused is presumed guilty until he proves his innocence or the government inadequately proves its case. Yet in the United States of America, the presumption of innocence requires the prosecution to prove its case against the defendant beyond a reasonable doubt before he would be pronounced guilty. Under the U.S. Constitution, everyone accused of a crime has the right to a lawyer’s defense. 

 

Jonathan is a 2007 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, Minor in Linguistics. He pursued his J.D./D.C.L. at Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he graduated in 2012. He is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts for the State of Louisiana, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (Federal), and the United States Supreme Court. 

 

Jonathan is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Lafayette Bar Association. He is active within the Lafayette Bar Foundation, Vice President of the LBA Paula M. Woodruff Family Law Section, and a member of the LBA Young Lawyers Section.

Awards & Recognition

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AWARDS

  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers, Outstanding Attorney Award for 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Top Protective Order Award for 2015
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Top Protective Order Award for 2016
  • Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Outstanding Protective Order Award 2017, 2018
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award, 2016
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Century Award, 2016

RECOGNITION

  • 2017 Young Lawyers CLE Presenter, Solo Practice
  • Carencro High School Mock Trial Team Coach, 2015-Present
  • Participant, Studs in Stilettos, Hearts of Hope Fundraiser
  • Pro Bono Legal Counsel, Hearts of Hope
  • Participant, Lawyers and Judges in the Classroom
  • Board member, Avec Les Enfants
  • Member, Lafayette Bar Association
  • Member, Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
  • 2018-2019 Vice President Lafayette Bar Association Family Law Section
  • 2019-2020 President, Lafayette Bar Association Family Law Section