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Broussard and Dove Attorneys at Law
Inspired by her father who is an entrepreneur, Jackie Dove Broussard says that her career chose her. “My father thought that having a legal background was an invaluable asset in a broad range of professions especially in the business sector, and I couldn’t agree more,” Broussard explains. “I just hit the ground running and haven’t looked back.”
Born and raised in Houma, Broussard graduated from Vandebilt Catholic High School, then attended Louisiana State University where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She continued her education at Loyola University New Orleans where she obtained a Juris Doctor and Master’s in Business Administration. Following graduation, Broussard returned home to start a law firm, and to work in her family’s businesses and in the community. “I couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. I love it here. I love the people; I love my family; I love the culture and the food; and I love our way of life,” she explains.
As an attorney and owner at Broussard and Dove Attorneys at Law, president and owner of Vacco, Inc., and owner and manager of multiple other family-owned businesses, Broussard has found herself in meetings where she’s the only woman in the room, especially in meetings regarding the oil and marine service sector. “It’s empowering but also intimidating at the same time. It makes me stay strong and focused and show others what women can do,” Broussard explains. Additionally, being a woman allows her to have a more caring attitude. “This helps me relate and better understand my clients which motivates me to better advocate for them,” she shares. It’s no surprise that Broussard & Dove was awarded The Best Law Firm with the Bayou’s Best of the Best 2021.
Post Hurricane Ida, Broussard remains focused at Broussard and Dove Attorneys at Law, as they assist countless clients to recover money needed to rebuild their homes and businesses. At Vacco, Inc. and other family businesses, Broussard continues to work on repairing their properties so that their businesses and tenant’s businesses can return to business as usual. As her own boss, Broussard explains that is both the best and worst part of her job. While it provides a flexible work schedule, it also means working a lot of nights and weekends, particularly following Hurricane Ida.
Broussard’s love and passion for the community drive her to contribute and serve in multiple capacities. She has volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, served as board member for the Terrebonne Foundation for Academic Excellence, and as a coach for Girls on the Run. Currently Broussard serves on the board of the Children’s Advocacy Center, is a youth soccer coach for Houma-Terrebonne Soccer Association, and serves as the VIce President of the Gordon Dove, Jr. Foundation. “With the support of the community and local businesses from the Gordon Dove, Jr. Foundation’s annual fundraising fishing rodeo, the Foundation is able to help so many people, to date we’ve donated more than $300,000 to local charities or to local students through scholarships. Doing so in memory of my brother and to know he’s smiling down, makes me proud beyond words.”
Balancing her professional accomplishments, and philanthropic endeavors, Broussard’s family and support system make it all possible. Working with her husband and law partner, Sye Broussard, the power couple takes on challenges together. The couple has three children, Sye Joseph, Jolie Clare and their newest addition, Hendricks. Broussard admits the challenge of balancing a career and a family, and says that it’s not easy, but she always makes sure her family knows how much they are loved. She encourages other women and girls to find what works for them and makes them happy. “Where my education, knowledge, and experience can help guide or motivate someone along the way, I’m always happy to share,” Broussard said.