BRBA: Tell us about your education.
Louisiana State University for undergraduate and law school
BRBA: Where are you from?
BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice?
I’m a partner at Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, practicing casualty litigation.
BRBA: Are you involved with the BRBA?
Yes, I’m the Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Section and Co-Chair (with Chris Hester) of the Athletics Committee. I’m involved with great BRBA functions like Belly Up with the Bar, the Bench Bar Conference, the annual softball tournament, Cocktails with the Court, and, of course, Thirsty Thursdays.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
With any organization I’ve ever been part of, I’ve made a point to be actively involved. The BRBA was no different. After getting my feet wet with various committees, I realized what a great organization the BRBA is, and wanted to do my part.
BRBA: Tell us a little about the Young Lawyers Section.
The YLS is open to any attorney under 39 or that has been practicing less than five years. The YLS has a litany of programs allowing young lawyers to get involved and establish relationships with the Bar and area judges. It should be part of any young lawyer’s practice. And membership is FREE!
BRBA: What are some opportunities for young attorneys in Baton Rouge to get involved with the YLS?
The YLS hosts and assists with numerous events throughout the year: Thirsty Thursdays (held quarterly); Side Bar Luncheons with Justice Jeff Hughes, the First Circuit, and the 19th JDC; Summer Sizzlin’ CLE; Belly Up with the Bar; Cocktails with the Court; Health and Wellness Fair; Holiday Star; and others. As a YLS member, you’ll receive email notices about all events. It’s almost too easy to get involved!
BRBA: Any advice for the newly admitted/soon to be admitted attorneys in Baton Rouge?
Work-life balance is essential. Work hard, but remember that work is only part of your life.
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
Yes, I’m on the Board for the downtown YMCA (Charles Lamar YMCA); involved with the local Boys & Girls Club (check out the Great Futures Gala on March 23!); volunteer with the Miracle League (another awesome organization, miracleleaguecm.org); and Secretary for Baton Rouge Ancient Athlete Society (have to get my sports fix!).
BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event?
The annual softball tournament! Need to find a way to beat the DA’s Office!
BRBA: What are your leisure activities?
BRAAS allows me to still play flag football, basketball, softball, golf, and volleyball year round. Thankfully, no injuries and a supportive wife! But “I ain’t as good as I once was . . .”
BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?
Likely a coach/teacher.
BRBA: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
The world is round. Do your best, forget the rest.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
Law school and practicing law are not the same thing.
BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
First time dad in March. I won a milk chugging contest at the Audubon Zoo when I was 10.
If you would like to contact Gail, her email address is jordan.Faircloth@bswllp.com
For more information or to comment on this this Member Spotlight feature, contact Landon Hester at firstname.lastname@example.org or 225-214-5560.