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As Teresa King entered law school, she aimed to become a real estate attorney. But she then discovered her true calling during her clinic program, when she practiced criminal defense. In New Orleans, she met incarcerated individuals who had been in jail for months without ever meeting their public defender.
“Those attorneys were overwhelmed with their caseload, so they often got student attorneys like myself. We were able to give them time and attention that they weren’t getting through the public defender’s office,” King said. “That’s when I found my passion — helping people in the criminal justice system.”
Today, King is one of the most trusted and dedicated defense lawyers in the Bayou Region, with 10 years of defending peoples’ rights. She has experience with theft, drugs, drunk driving, violent crime and sex crime cases, having also worked as a public defender before establishing her law firm in 2016.
“As a private attorney, you can choose to control your caseload, control the number of clients and control the number of serious cases because those take more time and attention,” she continued. “I know how important it is that I control my caseload so that I can give [my clients] the representation that they deserve.”
A native of Oakdale, King decided to call the Houma-Thibodaux area home after graduating from Nicholls State University. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, where she sits on a panel that determines how grant money for local organizations will be distributed. She also sits on the board of directors for Terrebonne ARC (TARC) and Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS).
For more information, please visit teresakingesquire.com. •