||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.
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.
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.
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.
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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