Jan 5, 2011 6:20 PM by Melissa Canone
City-Parish President Joey Durel announced the appointment of Michael D. Hebert as City-Parish Attorney today. The appointment requires the favorable approval of the City-Parish Council and will be considered at its meeting on Tuesday, January 25, 2011. If approved, Mr. Hebert will succeed City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger who tendered his resignation in December of last year.
In making the appointment, Mr. Durel stated, "After being informed of Pat Ottinger's intent to resign the position which he has held since 2004, I considered many different attorneys with whom I have worked over the past seven years as possible replacements for this important position. I took into consideration their qualifications, experience and whether or not they would even want the job. Because of his vast experience in governmental law, Mike Hebert stood out in the crowd. I am very pleased that Mike has agreed to assume responsibility as Director of the Legal Department and as City-Parish Attorney."
City-Parish Attorney Pat Ottinger stated, "I am very gratified that Joey has selected Mike Hebert for this position and am equally pleased that Mike has agreed to serve in this capacity. Mike has been an important confidant and colleague to me during my tenure and has assisted me greatly in the performance of my duties. No person has such a depth of experience and knowledge of the workings of municipal and parish government as does Mike Hebert. I am confident that he will serve Lafayette well in this capacity, and I commit to assist him in any way in the transition and beyond."
Mr. Hebert is a 1985 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Law. He is a partner with Milling Benson Woodward, LLP, a New Orleans-based law firm with an office in Lafayette. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association, and he served as the last City Attorney prior to the consolidation of the City and Parish in 1996. His primary areas of practice include consulting and litigation in the areas of employment law, telecommunications, information technology law, public utility law, municipal law, construction law, business disputes and governmental relations. His practice has included representation of local governments, including the City of Lafayette and Lafayette Consolidated Government, in various capacities for over 24 years.