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Laborde Earles Law Firm
Laborde Earles Law Firm’s Mission
Our personal injury attorneys invest time, effort, and money into our clients’ cases to maximize the results that can be obtained. After suffering sudden injuries in an accident involving an automobile, 18-wheeler, a workplace hazard, product recall, maritime hazard, or explosion, you will want a strong legal team to advocate in your best interest against the at-fault party. With more than 100 years of combined experience, our personal injury team has the necessary resources and knowledge to guide you through this complex process.
Award-Winning Injury Attorneys
The personal injury lawyers at Laborde Earles Law Firm are an award-winning team with credentials that set us apart from other law offices in the community. We use our experience and expertise to navigate our clients through each step of their case. We want to help you maximize the results and monetary compensation that you obtain. Client satisfaction drives us to be the best personal injury attorneys in Lafayette, Alexandria, Marksville and surrounding Louisiana areas.
Our Awards and Memberships
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum®
- AV® Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®
- Super Lawyers®
- Acadiana Profile Magazine Top Lawyers
- The National Trial Lawyers Top Trial Lawyers
- Lafayette Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
Meet Our Team
- DAVID CHARLES LABORDE, PARTNER
Upon graduating from LSU in 1988 and Tulane Law School in 1991, David worked for one year, as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Juan Torruella of the United States First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston, MA. Upon completion of his clerkship, David returned home to Louisiana and entered private practice in Lafayette.David has spent his entire career successfully representing injured individuals in complex personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, wrongful death, and other injuries resulting from automobile accidents, commercial truck accidents, offshore/maritime accidents, railroad accidents, products liability accidents and medical negligence. David has represented individuals in all facets of litigation, from filing the initial claim in State and Federal Courts, through trial, through State and Federal Courts of Appeal and through the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has been admitted to practice in Louisiana State District Courts, Louisiana Appellate Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court and in Federal Courts, including the Western, Middle and Eastern District of Louisiana, the Southern District of Texas and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. David is also experienced in representing Native American Indians before various Native American, State, and Federal tribunals and agencies.David is fluent in both English and Spanish. He is rated as a distinguished personal injury lawyer by his peers and one who upholds very high ethical standards. David is recognized as a top trial lawyer and is a Life Member of the Multi–Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Louisiana Bar Association, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and other local and civic organizations.
- DERRICK “DIGGER” EARLES, PARTNER
Digger returned home to rural Louisiana and went straight to work after law school graduation in 2004, trying his first trial the week after being sworn in as a lawyer. From that first trial, Digger has spent his entire career representing individuals and entities in civil litigation. He has successfully represented injured individuals in complex personal injury cases involving traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, wrongful death and other injuries, resulting from automobile accidents, commercial truck accidents, offshore/maritime accidents, railroad accidents, products liability accidents, medical negligence, as well as employees in FLSA claims.Digger has represented individuals in all facets of litigation, from filing the initial claim in State and Federal Courts, through trial, through State and Federal Courts of Appeal and through the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has been admitted to practice in Louisiana State District Courts, Louisiana Appellate Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court and in Federal Courts, including the Western, Middle and Eastern District of Louisiana, the Southern District of Mississippi, the Southern District of Texas and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.Digger has unmatched work ethic and is a person who upholds very high ethical standards. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Louisiana Bar Association, the Avoyelles Parish Bar Association and other local, civic and religious organizations.
- PAULIN JOSEPH LABORDE, JR., ATTORNEY
After retirement from the Court of Appeal in 1995, he and his son, David Charles Laborde, formed Laborde Law Firm to protect the rights of personal injury clients in Lafayette, Alexandria and surrounding areas of Louisiana.Since resuming the full time practice of law in 1995, Paulin was appointed to serve as Chief Appellate Judge for the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana. He also currently serves as the Chief Appellate Judge for the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana and Associate Appellate Judge for the Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana.In 1998, Paulin was appointed General Counsel to the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana, a position in which he currently serves. He is licensed to practice before various state and federal courts, and holds membership in various professional, religious, and civic organizations.Personal injury law quickly became a family business. Paulin has the pleasure of working alongside his children, David & Jeanne Marie.Paulin believes in the motto, “Let our family help protect your family.”
- JEANNE MARIE LABORDE, ATTORNEY
Jeanne obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law School, Magnu Cum Laude, in 1996. After finishing law school, Jeanne joined her father and brother at Laborde Law Firm. Jeanne enjoys being involved in the community through being a member of various professional, religious, and civic organizations. Jeanne’s fluency in Spanish is beneficial in helping Hispanic individuals overcome the hardship of personal injuries while protecting their rights.
- FRANCES GOSSEN O’NEAL, ATTORNEY
Frances obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University School of Law in 1994. She graduated in the top third of her class and was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. She worked as a research assistant to Chancellor Winston Day and was a law clerk to the Honorable Guy Holdridge and the Honorable A. J. Kling in the 23rd Judicial District. Before her employment with Laborde Earles Law Firm, Fran worked in the Lafayette area concentrating on litigation. Fran is admitted to practice before various state and federal courts. She is a member of several professional, religious, and civic organizations.
- ANDREW B. MIMS, ATTORNEY
Andrew was raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2008 and Southern University Law Center in 2011. He clerked for the Honorable Laura P. Davis of Baton Rouge City Court and the Honorable John E. Conery of the 16th Judicial District Court. Andrew is a member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice, Lafayette Bar Association, American Inns of Court: Inn on the Teche Chapter and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State courts, as well as the United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana.
- SHAWN M. BORDELON, ATTORNEY
Shawn Bordelon is a native of Pineville, Louisiana. He graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 and obtained his Juris Doctor degree from Southern University Law School, Cum Laude, in 2013.Upon graduating, Shawn practiced civil defense of personal injury claims thereby gaining valuable insight into the personal injury legal process from the opposing side. He has now dedicated his practice to representing plaintiffs in personal injury litigation. Shawn has represented clients in all stages of litigation from the filing of the initial claim, through the State Courts of Appeal, and through the Louisiana Supreme Court.Shawn is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Alexandria Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts, as well as the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of the United States Federal Courts and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Shawn is also a member of the American Bar Association and Crossroads American Inns of Court.
- JEFF D. EASLEY, ATTORNEY
Jeff D. Easley began practicing law in 2011, where he graduated from Southern University Law Center with the special designation of Cum Laude. Mr. Easley has focused his legal career on advocating for injured persons and against the wrongful denial insurance coverage by insurance companies. Mr. Easley is dedicated to making insurance companies treat their insureds and innocent parties as something other than a claim number. Prior to coming to the Laborde Earles Law Firm, Mr. Easley briefly defended insurance companies. Accordingly, he has a unique a perspective of knowing how the insurance companies defend cases, evaluate your claim, and wrongfully deny coverage, as well as, extensive experience in negligence and insurance law.Even from an early age, Mr. Easley recognized his destiny to practice law in Louisiana. While graduating with Honors at Pineville High School, Mr. Easley placed nationally in Advanced Cross Examination Debate and Mock Trial. Thereafter, Mr. Easley received a Bachelor of Science in Business, Emphasis in Accounting, from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. After law school, Mr. Easley had a judicial clerkship in the 9TH Judicial District Court in and for the Parish of Rapides for the Honorable Thomas M. Yeager.Mr. Easley, who is also an Eagle Scout, is presently a member of the Alexandria Bar Association and Avoyelles Parish Bar Association. He is authorized to practice law in every Court of the State of Louisiana, as well as, United States District Court (Western District, Eastern District, and Middle District) and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
KELBY F. RASMUSSEN, ATTORNEY
Kelby is a native of Saint Landry, Louisiana. He graduated with a bachelor’s of architecture from Louisiana State University in 2011. In 2015 Kelby obtained his Juris Doctor degree and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. After graduating law school, he served as law clerk for the Honorable Martha O’Neal and the Honorable C. Kerry Anderson of the 36th Judicial District Court. Kelby is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and admitted to practice in all Louisiana State District Courts.
LEANNE MELDER BROUSSARD, ATTORNEY
LeAnne Melder Broussard is a native of Natchitoches, Louisiana but has called Alexandria home since 2005. In 2002, Mrs. Broussard obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting graduating with honors from Louisiana State University and in 2005 she obtained her juris doctor from Southern University Law Center with the special designation of Cum Laude. The majority of Mrs. Broussard’s career has been in civil litigation, serving as an Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Regional Office Chief with the Louisiana Department of Justice. She also served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Ninth Judicial District. Mrs. Broussard is admitted to practice in Louisiana State District Courts, Louisiana Appellate Courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Western District, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mrs. Broussard has extensive litigation and trial experience in the areas of personal injury, wrongful death, workers’ compensation, and medical malpractice. In 2016, Mrs. Broussard was nominated for the Town Talk’s 20 Under 40 Awards. Mrs. Broussard is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, and local and civic organizations.
J. R. WHALEY, ATTORNEY
J. R. Whaley serves as Of Counsel to Laborde Earles where he helps clients in complex litigation. Throughout his career, he has represented individuals, businesses, and consumers in complex personal injury and financial injury cases. Over the course of the last several years, J. R. has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients. He has won several million and multi-million dollar individual verdicts and settlements. Based on his expertise, J. R. has also been retained to help defeat meritless claims and resolve issues in an efficient and fair way. J. R. has tried many cases and procedural issues in both state and federal courts throughout the country, as well as having argued in many appellate courts. In fact, J.R.’s legal abilities have gained notice by many judges before whom he has appeared. After observing J.R. in a jury trial, a federal district judge remarked that J. R. exhibited “qualities that every lawyer should possess and display,” complimented his “demeanor and judgment” and stated that J.R. was “mature beyond his age”. In addition to his busy litigation practice, J. R. regularly speaks to other attorneys and students on important legal issues and is a consistent contributor to legal publications throughout the country. He is also a teacher at the L.S.U Trial Advocacy Seminar which trains third year law students on trial practice. Based on his work and expertise, J. R. was named to the 2012-2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers® lists. J. R. is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. J. R. has been admitted almost yearly pro hac vice to many courts throughout the country. J. R. was graduated from L.S.U. with degrees in history and political science and was graduated from L.S.U. Law School, where he won the prestigious Flory Trial Competition during his senior year. In addition to these professional engagements, and because he survived a house fire as a child, J. R. partners with his hometown fire department to advance fire safety through public appearances and sponsoring displays throughout the community. J. R. also serves on the board of a non-profit which focuses on providing housing, education, and employment opportunities to children aging out of the Louisiana foster care system. In addition to serving as Of Counsel to Laborde Earles, J. R. is the founder of Whaley Law Firm in Baton Rouge, LA.
TOMMY PITTENGER, ATTORNEY
Tommy Pittenger graduated from LSU undergrad in 1985 and then graduated from LSU Law School in 1992. Tommy focuses his practice to Complex and Serious personal injury matters. He has litigated numerous cases to successful jury verdicts. Tommy has always represented clients against insurance companies and big business and considers his job as successful when he can make the insurance company pay for their insured’s negligence. Tommy upholds the highest ethical standards and works very hard to help Laborde Earles clients. Tommy is an important part of the customer service that Laborde Earles provides to all of their clients. Tommy is married to Leann Craig and they have three daughters and believe that their primary role is to teach their kids the difference between right and wrong. Tommy also serves on the Board of Iris Domestic Violence shelter as well as serving on the steering committee of the Baton Rouge City Court Sobriety Court. Tommy and his family give back to the community. Tommy is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts as well as the Federal Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.