Jack M. Dampf
Jack is the Senior Partner for the Firm and has been a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge. He received his undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in History from Tulane University in 1974. He then received his Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School in 1977. After being admitted to the Louisiana State Bar that year, he has handled over one thousand Family and Domestic Litigation cases. He authored the 2008 Revision to Louisiana Civil Code Article 112 regarding the determination of Final Periodic Spousal Support and has lectured at LSU Law School on the use of expert witnesses. Jack has invaluable experience in community property partitions involving complex business and tax issues. Jack was appointed Special Counsel to the Bankruptcy Trustee by the Federal Court in Louisiana, where he has also testified as an expert witness concerning Louisiana's community property law. Jack was recently appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to act as Judge, pro tempore, for Division "C" of the Family Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge after the vacancy caused by Judge Toni Higginbotham's election to the First Circuit Court of Appeal. Jack has argued matters at the Appellate and Supreme Court level. Additionally, Jack represents all types of criminal defendants, including first degree murder defense, DWI defense, and white collar criminal defense. Jack has formidable knowledge of corporate litigation and law and handles general civil litigation cases as well. Jack is currently a Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's House of Delegates and was formerly on the Board of Legal Specialization. He is a member and Past-President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and member of the Family Law Section. Jack was a Charter Member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and is a Member and Master Emeritus of the Dean Henry George McMahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Additionally, Jack has served as a member and President of the B'Nai Israel Jewish Congregation.
Joseph Major Thibaut, Sr.
Jody Thibaut is our primary attorney in our New Roads office. After graduating from LSU with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1974, Jody became an Officer in the U.S. Army Reserve until 1984. In 1976 he obtained his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University's Law School and was admitted to practice later that year. Jody has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association since that time and was a Member of its House of Delegates for the 18th Judicial District Court from 1985 through 1992 and then again from 1995 through 1999. Additionally, he joined the 18th Judicial District Court Bar Association in 1976 and has served as its Vice President since 1992. From 1983 through 1988, Jody was a Special Assistant Attorney General in the State of Louisiana's Department of Justice, as well as Special Counsel for the Parish of Pointe Coupee from 1983 through 1990. During this time, from 1985 through 1990, Jody also practiced as an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District Court, for the Parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville. From 1993 until and 1998, Jody was the Director of the 18th Judicial District Court’s Indigent Defender Board, serving as its Chairman the last three years of that term. Between 1982 and 1990 he was the President of the Industrial Development Board of Pointe Coupee. He has served as Counsel for the Board of Commissioners for the Atchafalaya Basin; Discovery Industries, Inc., in which he was also a Board Member; Pointe Coupee Parish Health Services District Number One; Peoples Bancshares of Pointe Coupee Parish, for which he is also a Director and Secretary of the Board and for which he was Chairman of the Board; and Peoples Bank and Trust Company of Pointe Coupee Parish, for which he is also a Director and Secretary of the Board and for which he was Chairman of the Board. Jody has taught Business and Banking Law at Catholic of Pointe Coupee, American Institute of Bankers, and Louisiana Technical College. He has also been a Member of the Catholic Interparochial School of Pointe Coupee School Board, the Pointe Coupee Parish School Board for Division F, the Notary Public Commission for the Parish of Pointe Coupee and the Pointe Coupee Parish Notary Application Committee. Currently, he is also President of the WestPointe Title Company, Inc.
Thomas G. Hessburg
Thomas, a Baton Rouge native, graduated from Catholic High School and obtained his degree from LSU in 1998. After begining his professional career, he returned to Southern University's Law School and received his Juris Doctorate in 2003. He was then admitted to practice law in the State of Louisiana in September of that year. He began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney under the Honorable Douglas P. Moreau prosecuting both misdemeanor and felony offenses, including second degree murder, aggravated rape, drug and alcohol related driving offenses. In 2004, he joined the Firm and became a Partner in 2008. Thomas is admitted to practice law in all Louisiana State Courts and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Currently, he is also a member of the Family Law Section of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Thomas' legal practice comprises Family Law and Domestic Litigation, corporate clients, criminal defense, and general civil litigation.
Wendy L. Edwards
Wendy is a lifelong resident of Baton Rouge graduating from Baton Rouge Magnet High School before attending Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi. In 2000 she graduated from Millsaps with Honors and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History with Minors in Psychology and Political Sceince. Wendy then returned to Baton Rouge to attend law school at LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Before receiving her Juris Doctorate in June, 2003, she was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and was awarded an honorary membership to the Wex Malone Chapter of the American Inns of Court based upon her outstanding performance in Trial Advocacy. Wendy was admitted to practice law in the State of Louisiana in October, 2003. She has clerked for Judge William F. Kline, who was then serving on the First Circuit Court of Appeal, pro tempore, and for Judge Jennifer Luse, Chief Judge of the Family Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge. This experience provided her with unique insight on the innerworkings of the judicial process and the ability to research diverse and intricate areas of the law. Wendy began practicing primarily family law in July of 2006, became an Associate Attorney of the Firm in July of 2009, and Partner in June, 2013. She has formidable litigation experience and exemplary writing skills. Currently she is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Through her work with the Baton Rouge Bar Association, she is Past-President of the Family Law Section; Chair of the Family Law Section's Legislative Improvement Sub-Section; and is currently a member of the Bylaws and Governance Committe. She has served on the Protective Order Registry Steering Committee and has lectured on the appropriate procedures and tools available to attorneys regarding Protective Orders and Restraining Orders.
Morgan H. Johnson
Morgan is originally from Black Mountain, North Carolina and was awarded the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Mass Communication with distinction, and a Minor in Commercial Entrepreneurship. Morgan moved to Louisiana in the fall of 2009 to attend law school at LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. While attending law school, Morgan served as Editor-in-Chief of The Civilian.
Morgan graduated from LSU Law in May of 2012 was admitted to practice Law in the State of Louisiana in October of 2012. After graduating from law school, Morgan served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Jessie M. LeBlanc in the 23rd Judicial District Court of Louisiana serving Ascension, Assumption and St. James Parishes. During her two-year judicial clerkship she gained invaluable insight into the Louisiana legal system, working on all civil, criminal, family and juvenile cases before Judge LeBlanc.
Morgan joined the firm in May of 2014 and works primarily on family law cases involving custody, child support, divorce, relocation, and division of community property. She also handles other criminal and civil matters as well.
Morgan is currently a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and serves on the First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge Church Council. She is also a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and its’ Family Law Section.