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Lewis O. Unglesby
Baton Rouge Trial Attorney

Lewis Unglesby practices in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense, specializing in jury trials. He has argued over 25 cases in the Louisiana Supreme Court and won over 40 verdicts exceeding $1,000,000.00. He was the youngest person named a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both criminal and civil law. He is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America in five different categories of practice for the last 25 years, selected in the top 50 lawyers in the personal injury field in Super Lawyers, chosen best criminal lawyer in Louisiana in 2010, and chose best white collar criminal lawyer in 2012. Martindale-Hubbell rates his firm in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996, and he has been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the United States since 2008.

Unglesby is an avid hunter and owns many guns. He believes in reasonable restrictions on gun ownership.

Unglesby has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN and numerous national radio shows. His career has been featured by The Times-Picayune, The Shreveport Times, The Morning Advocate, Gannett news service, Tiger Rag and the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Unglesby joined what was then LTLA now the Association of Justice while in law school in 1973 and has served in various positions in the organization since that time.

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08/14 - Down the Road: Our Transportation Future

What should the state’s transportation priorities be?

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Breaking Away:  A Louisiana Public Square Special Presentation

Would the breakaway City of St. George quash Baton Rouge’s school desegregation progress?

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09/14 - Varsity, Inc.: The Business of College Sports

How big a business is college sports in Louisiana?

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07/14 - Defining “Dangerous”

How does Louisiana determine if someone is a danger to themselves or others?


06/14 - Pot or Not? The Decriminalization Debate (Encore Presentation)

Would a reduction in penalties encourage more usage and lead the state down a path to legalization?


05/14 - Job Market 2014

What does Louisiana’s employment market look like for job hunters in 2014?


04/14 - State Contracts 101

Will proposed legislation help rein in costs or create arbitrary caps that hinder agencies in delivering services?

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