Roedel, Parsons, Koch, Blache, Balhoff & McCollister
Areas of practice:
General litigation, Newspaper Law (open meeting and public records), Corporate Formation, Successions and Estate Planning, Real Estate Litigation and Landlord/Tenant Law.
My mama, Mary P. Brown.
What most people don't know about me:
I am a boys' high school basketball coach for Live Oak High School in Watson and an AAU 10th grade girls' high school basketball coach for the Livingston Ladies.
My mother raised my brother and me with the help of her parents. My grandparents were the foundation to our immediate and close family. My mother grew up with five sisters in a two-bedroom home in North Baton Rouge. We also stayed with my grandparents once I was born, along with a few of her sisters and their kids. To this day, I am not sure how they managed. My older brother, Derrick, and I have different dads, but we grew up together. Derrick lives in Houston and works for a home that takes care of mentally or physically disabled elders. I met my father when I was 23 years old and was able to locate two older brothers I had never met. I have had the pleasure of getting to know my brothers better and watching my youngest nephew start point guard and quarterback for Dunham High School.
Where should I start? Gum chewing, sneezing without covering your face, whistling.
Best thing about being a lawyer:
You truly have the tools and resources to make a difference in the lives of others.
I am obsessed with Vietnamese food and culture. Pho Tai, rice paper spring rolls and Lemon Grass Beef Vermicelli are just a few of my favorites.
Mountains or beach?
Beach all the way, nothing like a sunny day on the Emerald Coast.
Favorite BRBA project or event:
Holiday Star Project.
What was the turning point that made you decided to become an attorney?
I was accepted into law school! However, my mom would say it was in elementary school when I insisted on challenging all forms of authorities and would argue with someone about the color blue.
If I had more time, I would:
Like to travel to experience other cultures and play different golf courses.
I am the founder of JustCauseLa, a non-profit organization that helps different just causes in the Baton Rouge area.
Favorite law school memory:
I have too many. I am from Baton Rouge and went to LSU for undergraduate. Although I grew up diverse with all kinds of friends, at LSU Law School I was able to expand on that diversity by getting to know people from all areas, of not only the country, the world. I would also have to say my most memorable event regarding law school was when I was informed that I was accepted into law school and was granted a scholarship. I was a substitute teacher at Central High School at the time and distinctly remember telling the 12th grade class I was teaching, " I got in!"
If you would like to contact Ryan, his email address is RBrown@roedelparsons.com.
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