Balfour Emonet Law Firm, LLC
BRBA: Tell us about your education.
I attended high school at Mount Carmel Academy in New Orleans. Thereafter I attended University of New Orleans for undergrad. In 2000, I moved to Baton Rouge to attend Southern University Law Center.
BRBA: Where are you from?
I am originally from New Orleans. I’ve been in Baton Rouge for 19 years now. I’ve grown to love Baton Rouge, but I’m glad I have the opportunity to live and practice so close to New Orleans where most of my family lives.
BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice?
I have practiced personal injury on both the Plaintiff and Defense side, and Family Law. My practice has consisted of mostly family for the last few years.
BRBA: Why did you want to become an attorney?
It’s something I always dreamed of. I’m honestly not sure where it came from. I was lucky enough to have a friend remind me of that dream at just the right time for me to make it happen.
BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?
I think if I wasn’t practicing law I’d be in the service industry again. I did it for 10 years prior to becoming a lawyer and I think I’d go back to it if I wasn’t practicing law.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
I wish I would’ve known how much I could use a degree in psychiatry in dealing with clients. The “Counselor” part of the practice is more involved than I had imagined.
BRBA: Are you involved with the BRBA? If so, how?
Yes, I have held every office with FLS and am currently a Member at Large of the BRBA Board.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
I became involved in the last few years with BRBA, in an effort to help my colleagues in family law be heard. I’ve stayed involved because I really enjoy the other active BRBA members. It’s good to associate with attorneys outside of your field. Everyone has something to contribute to my practice.
BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event?
I enjoy the luncheons, but I’m really looking forward to the 90th Anniversary Party this August!
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
I am currently the Treasurer for Council on Aging. For the past 2 years I’ve been their chairperson. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Seniors. They keep me young! I also have a few more volunteer projects in the works, which I hope to be able to announce in the near future.
BRBA: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
I’ve received lots of great advice over the years. Quite a bit of which came from my mentor, E. Wade Shows. I can still hear him in my ear sometimes, guiding me. I know he is missed throughout the BRBA.
BRBA: What are your leisure activities?
I like to walk / run, I like listening to crime podcasts and I love a wine dinner (does that count?).
BRBA: What is the last book that you read?
Gosh, I don’t recall the last book I read. I am currently reading, All’s Fair: Love, War and Running for President by Mary Matalin and James Carville. So interesting to see how each side maneuvered during the Clinton campaign.
BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I ran for student council president in high school. Had to give a speech in front of the whole school. I LOST. I remind myself of that whenever I’m fearful. That didn’t kill me and neither will sticking my neck out in pursuit of a new challenge or goal.
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