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J. Michael Small

1412 Centre Court, Ste. 406
Alexandria, Louisiana 71301


Mr. Small is a graduate of LSU-Law School where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review, Order of the Coif, and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society. He is a past President of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and has been listed for over thirty years in the Best Lawyers in America and in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the field of criminal defense. Mr. Small was the 2006 recipient of the Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award and the 2009 recipient of the Louisiana Bar Foundations' Curtis Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award. His practice is limited to criminal defense and his case load is pretty evenly divided between federal white collar crime and public corruption cases and state murder prosecutions.

Mr. Small is a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Litigation Counsel of America.

During his career Mr. Small has handled a number of noteworthy criminal cases. He defended former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards in a federal trial in which he was charged along with former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown in a forty-three count indictment with conspiracy, mail and wire fraud, and witness tampering. Governor Edwards was found not guilty on all counts. In February of last year Mr. Small defended John Isaac Foret who was charged with second degree murder in Evangeline Parish. Mr. Small conducted extensive cross examination of the prosecution's 20 witnesses including 12 law enforcement officers. His client did not testify and Mr. Small called no defense witnesses. After approximately two and a half hours of deliberations the jury returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty.