James L. Pate joined the firm in 1987. Mr. Pate’s areas of practice and experience include Governmental Liability & Civil Rights Defense, Insurance Defense, Insurance Coverage and Insurance Agents’ Errors & Omissions. In over 30 years of practicing law, there are few government entities in Acadiana that Mr. Pate has not represented. The long list of public clients includes both municipal and parish governments, sheriffs’ offices and levee districts. Mr. Pate considers his practice inspiring because of the role he takes to protect and defend people who are in the service industry, whether they are insurance agents providing protection for their clients or police officers who are responsible for the safety of citizens. Mr. Pate’s forte is communication and he enjoys meeting and interacting with his clients on a personal level, as well as the challenge of litigation in the courtroom.
- Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science, 1975
- Loyola University, Juris Doctor, 1979
- Lafayette Bar Association
- Louisiana Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- American College of Trial Lawyers;
- Former Board Member, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (1999—2004)
- Former Member, Louisiana House of Delegates of LSBA
- Former Board Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
- The John M. Duhe, Jr., American Inn of Court
- Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Lawyer of Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 as of 2014
- Induction into American College of Trial Lawyers (2008)
Mr. Pate enjoys fishing, cooking, and spending time with his wife and their five grandchildren.