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 Keith Patrick Richards (10/9/2014) 

  Keith Patrick Richards
Attorney at Law

Areas of practice:

I primarily represent plaintiffs in personal injury cases.

Mentor / hero:

My mentor in law was Ed Walters and while he could qualify as a hero too, that would be weird since we are friends. My hero is writer Anne Lamott.

Favorite BRBA project or event:

Belly Up with the Bar. I love to eat. Lots.

The part of my job I do best is:

Painting a symbolic picture of my client's case, which, if successful, portrays the unique nature of this claim by this person. I loathe the stereotyping of my clients and the computer analysis of their claims. 

What most people don't know about me:

I am an insane music fan, voracious reader, art enthusiast and dedicated runner.


I am lucky enough to be the father of the best 11 year old in the whole wide world.

Latest pursuit:

Chick Moore and I put together the Lawyers Renew concept, which we debuted here and now I am working with colleagues in New Orleans on a renewal ceremony in my hometown.

Pet peeve:

Contempt prior to investigation.

Best thing about being a lawyer:

Helping people accomplish what they could not on their own.

If you could be anyone else for a day, who would you be?

My ego says Adam Duritz because he is the best bona fide rock star and being a rock star has to be awesome, but I would probably accomplish more of my agenda as the American president.

Culinary Talent:

Crawfish etouffee. I'm Cajun, so it's legit. Also my meatballs. I am not Italian, but I was taught by one, so they are legit as well.

Moutains or Beach?

Neither. I love the hustle/bustle and the unexpected serenity found in a big city.

What was a turning point that made you decide to become an attorney?

I do not have a wonderful story about an insight or dramatic life event that led me to law; however, I feel very fortunate that my practice has evolved over time from a job to a vocation.

Favorite restaurant:

The Chimes. BBQ Shrimp po-boy and wonderfully loud ambiance.

If I had more time, I would:

Write more than I do, listen to more music, see more art and possibly even run more.

Favorite or most interesting courses in law school:

Torts. How a society decides to allocate the undeniable costs of an accident was interesting to me even in my first semester of law school.

Most rewarding moment in your practice:

When a client sincerely expresses appreciation for my representation.

What makes you most proud of being a lawyer?

Perhaps our much maligned profession does not maintain life like medicine can, but we have the power to improve the quality of life.

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