Short version – I appreciate having been able to represent so many hard-working police officers over the last 13 years. Don’t every hesitate to pick up the phone. Thank you. Happy Thanksgiving! You can skip the rest if you want.
In 2000, I decided to go to law school. I had just gotten married and I was working as a police officer in New Orleans. Fortunately, my assignments at NOPD allowed me to attend the Loyola University night program. I graduated from law school in 2004. I had been promoted to sergeant in 2003. I had also become more involved in the Fraternal Order of Police.
In 2004 I had also been transferred to the Traffic Division. I was commander of the Fatality Investigations Unit and I was also beginning to represent police officers in disciplinary proceedings.
I can say, based on experience, it is not a good idea to have a fellow police officer as a representative. That being said, Katrina created a unique set of circumstances that helped me get through those 4 years unscathed. If it hadn’t been for Katrina, I think representing police officers as a police officer would have backfired in some way. Fortunately, that never came to pass and I gained valuable experience during those 4 years.
Jim Gallagher, who has worked tirelessly to make the FOP better and better as long as I have known him, was instrumental in getting me involved in the Crescent City Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police. Since then, Jim’s vision and commitment to providing FOP members with the best services and benefits has allowed me to provide better and better legal services to FOP members. I am certainly grateful for that. I took a deferred pension in 2008 and I have been representing police officers since then. For the past few years, I have had the good fortune to represent about 400 police officer per year – between 60 and 90 different officers per month – in some capacity. I am grateful for that.
That is the point of all this rambling. I appreciate being able to represent police officers in New Orleans and throughout the state of Louisiana. I am grateful for being General Counsel for the Louisiana Fraternal Order of Police. I am looking forward to being able to provide legal services to police officers for years to come and I will be grateful for that too. Thank you.