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How shoveling rice as a child led Scott Hensgens to become a lawyer

Growing up on a family rice farm in the Crowley area, Scott Hensgens got his first taste of manual labor at an early age.

“My first job was shoveling harvested rice into very large trucks to be taken to the rice mill,” he tells Business Report in its latest Executive Spotlight feature. “I was paid 50 cents per truck.”

Though he jokes about the pay “violating several child labor laws,” the work taught him a very valuable lesson.

“It taught me that I was not cut out for working on a farm,” he says, adding, “and that air conditioning is a wonderful thing.”

Also from an early age, Hensgens knew he wanted to be a lawyer.

“I always considered it a noble profession that would give me the opportunity to help people with real problems,” he says.

Hensgens joined Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson in 1997, shortly after graduating from Tulane, and has been working with the firm ever since. Today, the managing partner balances a heavy workload with the demands—and joys—that come with being a husband and father of three children under the age of 10.

Read the full Executive Spotlight Q&A. Here’s a sample of what you will find:

At what point in your life did you know you’d want to become a lawyer what made you think it might be a good career for you?

“After I finished shoveling rice into the first truck! In all seriousness, I do not recall a time in my life when I wanted to be anything other than a lawyer. I was lucky enough to spend a part of my first summer in law school as a law clerk with my current firm. Within two weeks, I would have immediately accepted a permanent job offer. It felt like home, and it still does. I am tremendously blessed to be able to go to work every day with a group of the best people that I know. This can be a tough business, but working with people for which you genuinely care makes it very fulfilling.”

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