Jody Amedee was born and raised in Gonzales.
He has been practicing law since 1996. His love for people started at an early age when he worked with his grandfather and dad at their family restaurant in Geismar. He learned what hard work and determination meant at an early age. This work ethic propelled him through his life to be a successful trial lawyer.
Jody grew up showing livestock animals and excelling in sports. He earned a baseball scholarship to Nicholls State University and graduated from there in 1990. "When I got out of college, I didn't know exactly what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to be involved in helping people." says Amedee. He graduated from Southern University Law School in 1996 and the rest is history."There's no greater satisfaction than getting Justice for our clients at the end of a trial," says Amedee.
Jody also used his love for helping people as a motivation to run for the Louisiana Senate in 2003. Winning Senate seat 18, he was sworn in as the stateís third youngest Senator, at the age of 36. He was re-elected in 2007 without opposition.
He is still an active supporter of 4-H, Ascension parish baseball and justice for Louisianans. Amedee will take a clientís case to the Louisiana Supreme Court if justice is not served. In fact, in 2004, he successfully argued a case on behalf of the Louisiana Senate before the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Amedee serves as Chairman of the Louisiana DWI Task Force and the Senate Committee on the Environment.
He is married to Jancy Berthelot Amedee and has three children.
"Nationally recognized Trial Lawyer"
Andre Gauthier has almost two decades of trial lawyer experience. As lead trial counsel, his jury verdicts have received national recognition in publications such as; Lawyers Weekly, USA
; the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter
; National Verdict Search
; Lawyers USA
; The National Jury Verdict Review and Analysis
; American Association for Justice's Law Reporter
; and The Wall Street Journal
. His powerful courtroom victories have earned him the distinction of being accepted into the American Trial Lawyers Association's TOP 100 LAWYERS
He is the the former Chairman of the Louisiana Association for Justice's Auto Torts section. He is a former member of the National District Attorney's Associatio. As a former prosecutor, Gauthier prosecuted hundreds of cases, including armed robbery, rape and homicide cases. He is a former attorney for the Louisiana State Senate. He was inducted into the Louisiana Bar Foundation where fellowship is exclusive to judges, lawyers and law professors who, by their professional careers, demonstrate dedication to improving the administration of justice. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the 23rd Judicial District Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He currently serves on the legislative committee for the Louisiana Association for Justice.
Gauthier has authored numerous articles that have appeared in various legal publications and regularly appears as a guest speaker in legal seminars.
He is admitted to practice in all state courts in the State of Louisiana; as well as the Middle, Western and Eastern Federal Districts of the United States District Courts of Louisiana.
As a testament to his love of the English Language and animals, Gauthier obtained a bachelor's degree in English Literature and a minor in Zoology from Louisiana State University. He obtained his juris doctorate degree from Southern Univeristy Law Center. He is a graduate of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. He is a graduate of The Trial Lawyers College in Dubois, Wyoming.
Although maintaining a full-time personal injury practice, Gauthier has recently accepted a position as adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center, where he teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy. Gauthier has dedicated his professional life to helping right the wrongs suffered by victims of serious injuries. He focuses his practice on brain, spinal column, fractures and nerve injuries.
Gauthier believes that his jury verdicts serve three (3) purposes: 1) To obtain Justice for the client and right the wrong that was inflicted upon them; 2) Make the corporation accept responsibility and accountability for its actions; and 3) Serves as a pronoucement and example to other corporations that failure to follow the rules will cost them, thereby making this world a safer place for all of us. GAUTHIERíS CANDID OPINON ON ACCEPTING RESPONSIBILITY AND BEING HELD ACCOUNTABLE
We all know that LAWS and RULES exist for everyone to follow. Laws and rules PROTECT our parents, our wives and husbands, grandparents, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters and friends and neighbors. We read accounts where, in the name of profit, a corporation makes a choice to ignore it's own safety rules. We watch TV and see instances where the corporations of our country choose to put PROFIT OVER PEOPLE. We read of repeated instances of drivers disregarding safety rules. We watch the news and see repetitive instances where safety procedures are disregarded by the trucking and transportation industry, the chemical industry, the financial industry, the airline industry, the mining industry and the petroleum industry. In their lust for riches, they kill, maim and destroy the lives of innocent people.
Remember what our parents taught us as kids? Can you recall hearing your mother or father say to you, "accept responsibility for what you did"? Can you see your mother telling you to apologize to the person you hurt or offended? Maybe just a simple, "I'm sorry".
Corporate America has long since forgotten these rules, or maybe they never knew them in the first place. In America today, the corporations show up in our courthouses looking down from their lofty perches, blaming the victim and pointing there long, white, boney fingers at us. Corporate American specializes in blaming, delaying and denying.
We all see and hear, time and time again, that Corporate America simply does not stand up and accept responsibility for its actions. They'd rather point the finger - the blame game. Our courtrooms serve as the forum where average, everyday Americans can go and force the corporations to accept responsibility for what it has done...right the wrong...a place where clients can get Justice for what's happened to them. Jury verdicts not only secure Justice for the client, but it forces the corporation to be held accountable for its actions. Verdicts force corporations to be accountable. Jury verdicts send messages out to Corporate America that RULES and LAWS must be followed and safety must be the number one priority. As these messages travel from the courtroom to the boardroom, changes are made, rules are enforced and our world becomes a safer place for all of us.
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