I am a Lake Charles attorney. I am also a trial attorney; the primary area of my practice is litigation. People ask what that means and the easiest way to translate it is to say that, “I go to court.” I have tried jury trials in criminal and civil matters in the Lake Charles area. I have participated in civil litigation from small car wrecks to multi-million dollar class actions. I have tried multiple custody cases to trial, including complex custody cases. I have litigated civil, criminal, family, and business cases. I have vast experience in litigation experience across both practice areas and scope.
Prior to forming Colonna Law Firm, LLC, I was an associate at a local law firm where I was given experience across a broad spectrum of practice areas. I gained immense experience in personal injury and criminal litigation while employed at this firm, ultimately becoming the head of litigation in 2011. In that role I participated in hundreds of litigation matters, trying multiple cases in front of both judges and juries.
I created Colonna Law Firm, LLC in 2013 to start my own vision of client-focused litigation. I have leveraged my previous experiences into extensive family law experience, adding more avenues to represent clients in their disputes. I have been able to adopt civil and criminal litigation strategies into a more efficient, client-focused representation in contested divorce and custody matters. While doing this, I found there was a large gap for non-contested divorce matters, which is where I began my “cheap divorces” section of litigation, offering very low rates for divorces that simply did not require the resources (and costs) of major litigation. As a Lake Charles attorney, the client is always the focus and that creates new avenues for ways to prosecute and settle cases that benefit my clients.
I was born and raised in Lake Charles and attended A.M. Barbe High school, where I graduated summa cum laude in 2001. I left Lake Charles to attend Louisiana State University for both my undergraduate and legal educations. I earned a B.A in 2005, graduating with a summa cum laude distinction. I then attended Paul M. Hebert Law School at LSU and received a J.D./B.C.L. in 2008. While in law school I was honored with two CALI Awards (noting distinction as the top in the classes Contracts and UCC Sales).
I am an avid LSU Tiger fan, and I hosted the Tigerdroppings.com radio show in the fall of 2007 while in law school. This show was aired on 1200AM The Score, and it was primarily a pre-game show for the LSU football team, airing every Saturday morning while the Fighting Tigers were on their way to their 3rd national championship in football.