Melissa L. Theriot

Melissa L. Theriot joined the firm in 1993. Ms. Theriot’s work is focused on litigation and appeals. The majority of Ms. Theriot’s practice is divided between Admiralty & Maritime and Insurance Defense, but she also has substantial experience in Commercial Litigation and Environmental & Toxic Torts. Ms. Theriot can handle large, complex cases, as well as, high volume bodies of litigation, such as handling and settling hundreds of Katrina-related cases.

Education
  • Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Science, 1989
  • University of Texas Law School at Austin, Juris Doctor with honors, 1993
Clerkships
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, The Honorable John M. Duhe, Law Clerk
  • Texas Third Court of Appeals, Justice Jimmy Carroll, Chief Justice, Internship
Professional Memberships
  • President, Lafayette Bar Association
  • Chair, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board Hearing Committee
  • Vice-President of Membership, Downtown Lafayette Unlimited
  • Acadiana Inns of Court
  • Speaker at variety of CLEs
Achievements
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated Lawyer of Preeminent 4.6 out of 5 as of 2014
Personal Life

Ms. Theriot has raised two sons and has one grandson. In her free time, she enjoys playing tennis.