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Courtroom Experience

 

  • Appointments by the Louisiana Supreme Court as Judge Pro Tempore for Juvenile Court, Judge Pro Tempore and Traffic Hearing Officer at First Parish Court, appointed as Special Master for the 24th Judicial District Court in a case involving internet litigation 
  • More than 32 years of active litigation experience in both public service and private practice
  • Extensive courtroom experience, including the following courts
    • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana 
    • Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
    • Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
    • 22nd Judicial District Court
    • 21st Judicial District Court
    • 24th Judicial District Court
    • 29th Judicial District Court
    • 32nd Judicial District Court
    • 34th Judicial District Court
    • 40th Judicial District Court
    • Orleans Parish Civil District Court
    • Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
  • Heavily involved in technology in the D.A.’s Office, from presentations in the courtroom to writing SQL reports for the office  

Honors and Awards

 

  • Vanguard Award recipient from the 2019 Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference for “ground-breaking initiatives on behalf of senior citizens”  
  • 2014 Professional Member Award recipient from the St. Tammany Seniors and Law Enforcement Together (S.A.L.T) for "continuing personal and professional support"
  • Volunteer of the Year - JBA Auxillary

Positions Held

  • Practiced in a small law firm - 16 years general law practice 
    • Represented small businesses, plaintiff and defense of medical malpractice, insurance litigation from homeowner’s policies to automobile cases, and criminal defense, including a pro-bono defense in a jury trial
  • Volunteer Assistant District Attorney for Washington and St. Tammany Parishes in late 1990's 
  • Assistant District Attorney for Washington and St. Tammany Parishes, 2003 - 2019 - resigned in August of 2019 to qualify for the Judge, Div. F, 22nd JDC position.
    • Felony Division Prosecutor, including jury trials
    • Chief of the Misdemeanor Section
      • Supervised the Domestic Violence Unit, attorneys and staff
    • Chief of Felony Screening, including presentation of cases to the Grand Jury
    • Elder Abuse Protection Unit Supervisor
      • Responsible for presentations to Law Enforcement Agencies, First Responders, Banks, Social Workers, Caregivers, and any presentations in the community about elder abuse
      • Responsible for grant applications and reporting, for the unit since 2006 
    • Gun Felonies Prosecutor 
  • Past President of the Jefferson Bar Association  
  • Past Chairman of the Jefferson Bar Association - Young Lawyers Section  

Endorsements

  • Alliance for Good Government - The ONLY CANDIDATE in this race to receive the Alliance's endorsement
  • Republican Parish Executive Committee - Washington Parish - The ONLY CANDIDATE in this race to receive endorsement

Leader and Educator

Harold is recognized as a leader among attorneys and is frequently called on to speak at conferences and seminars. 

  • Legal Education presenter at conferences and meetings of the 
    • Louisiana Attorney General’s Office
    • Louisiana District Attorney’s Association 
    • Slidell Bar Association
    • Covington Bar Association
    • Jefferson Bar Association
    • International Association of Forensic Nurses
  • Louisiana Bar Association Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presenter on Professionalism 
  • Served in the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates
  • Trainer for nurses, social workers, law enforcement, local bar associations, and prosecutors on behalf of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association on laws and policies related to Elder Abuse
  • While an Assistant D.A. in St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, taught at the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office, including Ethics and Professionalism in 2008
  • Classes for Social Workers at their employer’s premises, including for People’s Health and Lacombe Nursing Center
  • Certified by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, as a Law Enforcement Trainer tasked with instructing law enforcement personnel on elder abuse
  • Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education - created by the Louisiana Supreme Court to administer a compliance program designed to foster attorney competence, ethical and professional behavior through education


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