Due Guidry Piedrahita Andrews L.C.
BRBA: Tell us about your education.
I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 and my J.D. from Southern University Law Center in 2017.
BRBA: Where are you from?
I was born and raised in Bay St. Louis, MS.
, however ; I have lived in San Diego, California, Sierra Vista, Arizona, and Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice?
I am an Associate at Dué Guidry Piedrahita Andrews, LC, and practice personal injury.
BRBA: Why did you want to become an attorney?
Being an attorney was always a dream of mine, but was put on the back burner of life. I went into the workforce while attending undergrad and never had an opportunity to go back to school. However, thanks to SULC, I was afforded the good fortune to acquire my J.D. through their Evening Division Program, while continuing to work full-time.
BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?
Before becoming an attorney I worked in law enforcement. I spent nearly 18 years with various agencies, both on the local and federal levels. My last 10 years were served here in Baton Rouge. I was blessed with an incredible career that I would have continued but for following my second life dream.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
I wish I would have known how long three and a half years really are when you work, have children, and go to school at night! Meaning, it’s a marathon and an immeasurable sacrifice, but if you are committed and stay the course, it is beyond rewarding.
BRBA: Are you involved with the BRBA? If so, how?
I am on the Belly Up with the Bar committee.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
BRBA’s activities are directed at making a difference and impact in our local community. Being directly involved creates an opportunity to give back, while side-by-side with great friends and lawyers all working toward a common goal.
BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event?
Belly Up! Note the new date of September 27, 2019 (*shameless plug).
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
I still continue to work with law enforcement, primarily in training and education. Blending my past experience with my current profession gives me a unique perspective on modern policing issues that officers are currently facing. It is my hope that I can be a positive influence on those within the profession, and lead to needed changes in order to keep up with our ever-evolving societal needs and expectations.
BRBA: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
Treat everyone with respect. Respect knows no boundaries or limitations – it is universal. Life has taught me that most encounters and outcomes are directly influenced by the attitudes of those participating. Even in a loss, knowing you were honorable in your dealings is in fact success.
BRBA: What are your leisure activities?
I love going out for a long run, fishing specs, hanging out with my girls, and taking my classic Mustang for a drive along the coast.
BRBA: What is the last book that you read?
David Ball on Damages.
BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
Mid-career I took a year off from police work and directed security operations for a private diamond dealer. I was able to travel a great deal throughout Africa and spent a sweltering summer in the jungles of Sierra Leone, living only on Coca Cola and fresh oranges because I was sick for months!
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