Partner, LeBlanc Butler, LLC
Education: Maryvale Preparatory School in Baltimore; Bachelor's Degree in English from Newcomb College; Juris Doctorate from Loyola University School of Law
Family: Husband, Byron; children Loren, 34; Atticus, 30; Caelyn, 24; Lyle, 20; three grandchildren, with one on the way
Mentors: My husband.
Pat LeBlanc moved to New Orleans without ever visiting the city. She grew up in Baltimore and was determined to move somewhere warm for her college years.
When she saw a picture of a sailboat on the Tulane University page in a college guidebook, she was sold. She enrolled at Newcomb College, the women's college associated with Tulane, and has never left.
After graduating from Loyola Law School she gained respect in New Orleans courtrooms as a successful litigator representing many large, well-known businesses. She was one of the few women to direct and lead major defense litigation for national and international corporations. Now, a partner at her own firm in Metairie, LeBlanc continues legal work and also gives back to the city she calls home. She's on the executive committees for Greater New Orleans Inc. and the Jefferson Parish Business Council. She's also involved with the Delgado Community College Foundation.
Where do you find the time to do everything? I've always found that the more you have to do, the more you get done. Being busy is something that I have always enjoyed.
What other jobs did you have? After college, I worked as a reporter for the Clarion Herald, the Catholic newspaper in New Orleans. It was a blast. It was a small paper, and I took my own pictures. I had a huge camera.
What did women wear to court in the 1980s? We wore these wool suits with starched white shirts and little bow ties. I had a whole rack of ties. I guess we were trying to look like the guys.
Why is it important to give back? I'm a huge believer that professional people need to give back and be involved. If they're not doing it, who is? You have an obligation to do that, and it gives you perspective.
Are you the best debater or arguer in your family? I'm not a better arguer than my husband. My kids, too. Over the years I've bounced cases off them, and they've been pretty good at it.
What's the hardest part of being an attorney? I hate to lose.
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