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Partner, Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm
“Father Steve Newton, my rector at Notre Dame, often reminded us to ‘honor the spirit of the rule.’ Instead of looking at things in black and white, he encouraged you to understand the rationale behind a rule. The law is more complicated than the words written on a page, and things often fall outside the letter of the law. Also, you have to really listen to the client to understand the context of a dispute and the mitigating circumstances that affect it. Your job as an attorney is to find the best result for your client by not only knowing the details of the facts and law, but also by maintaining a broad perspective of both.”
Professional experience: Now in private practice, Ewing is a former assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana and took part in the successful prosecution of several multidefendant criminal drug cases. The law partner of Don Cazayoux, Ewing served as projects director and a senior assistant during Cazayoux’s tenure in Congress representing the Baton Rouge-area district. Ewing supported the East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s Office in implementing the Baton Rouge Area Violence Elimination, or BRAVE, anticrime program and worked with parish officials in securing long-term funding for the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness after Hurricane Gustav in 2008.
In the news: Last year, Ewing opened the Cazayoux Ewing Law Firm with Cazayoux and Stan Lemelle, who spent 35 years with the U.S. attorney’s office. The firm focuses on consumer injury claims, white-collar criminal defense and whistleblower lawsuits.