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Lafayette Mayor-President closing law firms

Josh Guillory
Posted at 1:58 PM, Jan 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-31 14:58:15-05

Lafayette Mayor-President Josh Guillory is closing his law firm, citing his new duties as Mayor-President.

Originally, Guillory, who owns the firm Joshua S. Guillory, announced he was creating a new firm, the Acadiana Family Law Center.

In an interview earlier this month with The Daily Advertiser about his new firm, Guillory said, "I'm the owner-operator. The responsible attorney is Brandy Dupuis. If Brandy has questions, sure she can call me. We'll make time after hours or maybe I'll swing over there on a lunch break."

KATC confirmed today that both firms are closing.

In a letter obtained by KATC, Guillory said, "As you may know, I was recently elected Mayor-President of Lafayette. Due to my duties as Mayor-President, I will no longer be able to provide you with legal representation." Guillory goes on to say, " I had previously hired, Ms. Brandy L. Dupuis, but please understand Ms. Dupuis is no longer with my firm."

Questions surrounded whether the Mayor-President could still practice law because of Lafayette's Home Rule Charter.

Guillory told The Advertiser that he had received legal opinions clearing him to own his new practice while serving as Mayor-President.

We're told today is the last day for clients and the firm will spend next week moving out of its office.