About Parker Layrisson Law Firm

About Parker Layrisson Law Firm - About Us


We provide outstanding legal services to people defending DWI / DUI charges in Louisiana. Our team of DWI defense lawyers may be able to help you challenge your drunk driving charges, recover your driver's license, and clear your name.


Our DWI defense lawyers and staff deliver excellent client care by aggressively defending our clients and keeping them informed with prompt, thorough communications. At all times, our law firm maintains the highest standards of professional excellence and ethics.


Our law firm has offices in downtown New Orleans and small town Ponchatoula, Louisiana. Our team includes experienced DWI / DUI defense attorneys including former judicial law clerks, prosecutor, assistant attorney general and public defender, as well as professional support staff. We use state-of-the-art case management software, premier online legal research services, and advanced communications systems to provide the best client service available.

The Parker Layrisson Law Firm is a Louisiana law firm rated at the highest possible level of professional excellence.

Our Attorneys and Staff

Our law firm holds Martindale-Hubbell's prestigious AV Preeminent peer review rating, a testament to the fact that judges and other lawyers rank us at the highest level of professional excellence. Our lead attorney also received the highest possible rating from the world's largest legal directory: Avvo's 10.0 Superb rating.  With offices in New Orleans and Ponchatoula, Louisiana, the attorneys and staff of the Parker Layrisson Law Firm may be able to help you protect your rights and handle your DWI/DUI defense.  Our firm includes three experienced criminal trial attorneys. To learn more about each of them, along with the members of our staff, see below:

Parker is the founder of the Parker Layrisson Law Firm and an experienced Louisiana DWI Defense Attorney whose practice focuses primarily on first-time offenders. He is the author of "DWI Checklist: Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid" and "The Art of the DUI Plea Deal." He is a Tulane University honors graduate and a former No. 1 ranked LSU Law student who served as Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review and Member of the Order of the Coif (Top 10% Graduate). He attended the National College for DUI Defense seminar at Harvard Law School. In 2009, Parker received Martindale.com’s highest peer review rating for legal abilities and ethical standards (AV). Later that year, New Orleans Magazine named him to its “Top Lawyers” list. In 2011, the world’s largest legal directory, Avvo.com, awarded Parker its highest available rating (10.0 Superb). Louisiana Super Lawyers named him to its "Rising Stars" list in 2012. He has worked as United States Judicial Law Clerk, Louisiana Assistant Attorney General, Special Counsel to Tangipahoa Parish, and Ponchatoula City Prosecutor. Parker also served as President of the Ponchatoula Rotary Club and President of Port Manchac. About Us

Angela, a native of New Orleans, is an experienced criminal trial attorney who has practiced law throughout Louisiana. She has held prominent attorney positions in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and the Northshore, including Assistant Public Defender and Judicial Law Clerk. In addition to misdemeanor and felony DWI trial defense, she handles expungement and other post-conviction relief. Angela received her undergraduate degree from Southern University at New Orleans and her law degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge. Angela is an active member of the community, including Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Jack and Jill of America, Inc.; NOLA Women for Change; and Beacon Light Baptist Church of Hammond.

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Summer’s practice focuses on criminal defense, automobile accident injury claims, and legal technology. A lifelong resident of Hammond, she received her bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997, her paralegal certificate from the University of New Orleans in 1999, and her law degree from Southern University Law Center in 2005. She is also currently a candidate for a Master's in Public Administration from the University of New Orleans. In addition to practicing law, Duhe has taught paralegals at the Baton Rouge College and instructed Continuing Legal Education classes.

Since 1998, Duhe has held licenses as a Notary Public, Private Investigator, and Paralegal. She has been a member of the 21st Judicial Bar Association, National Association of Legal Assistants, and the American Bar Association. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, Ladies of the 21st Judicial District Bar, and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Summer is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ponchatoula. She is an avid student of wildcrafting, loves the outdoors, and is a certified "techno-geek," with a passion for improving the quality, delivery, access, and affordability of legal services through the use of technology.

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Tanya assists Mr. Layrisson with legal research sufficient to compose legal documents and correspondence relevant to litigation support. Tanya holds a BA in History from Southeastern Louisiana University and completed LSU’s Law Program for Continuing Education for Paralegal Certification in 2006. Tanya enjoys spending time with her 2-year-old son Rylan and husband Donald.

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Claire assists our firm with a variety of duties, from client communications to social media marketing. She is a Hammond High School honors graduate currently working on her bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice at Southeastern Louisiana University. She plans to become a criminal defense attorney. Claire enjoys going to the movies and spending time with her family and friends.

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Ashley communicates the firm’s services and news updates to the public, handles sponsorship requests and completes graphic designs projects. She also produces the firm's quarterly newsletters. Ashley holds a BA in Mass Communication from Louisiana State University. She loves spending time with her 2-year-old daughter Abby and husband Ben.

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Meghan began her career with our firm as an undergraduate intern and earned a full-time position upon graduation from Southeastern Louisiana University with a degree in Political Science. She performs a variety of important tasks, projects, and office duties. Meghan recently achieved admission into Southern University Law Center, and she will continue her employment with the firm on a part-time basis while studying to become a lawyer. Meghan enjoys her free time by reading and spending time with family and friends.

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Greg assists the firm staff with various tasks while gaining experience in a law firm setting. Greg is a 2010 graduate of Ponchatoula High School and currently a freshman at Southeastern Louisiana University. His major is Organizational Communication and he plans to attend law school after obtaining his undergraduate degree.

Why We're Different

Why We're Different - About UsFEWER CASES  =  MORE TIME DEFENDING YOU.

Our firm differs from other DWI / DUI firms in that we do not rely on a high volume bulk practice.  We are not a "chop-shop" that handles hundreds of drunk driving cases at discount prices.  In fact, Parker Layrisson declines more cases than he accepts.  We limit our DWI and DUI defense practice to select matters and that is good for you.

By handling fewer cases, we can allocate more resources to your defense.  If you hire the Parker Layrisson Law Firm, an experienced DWI / DUI defense lawyer or team of lawyers will handle your case from start to finish.  We will not pawn you off to inexperienced associates or assistants.  We will dedicate a considerable amount of valuable attorney time to your case, and it will show.


We encourage all clients to participate in their own defense.  A thorough, candid attorney-client interview is only the beginning of that process.  In most cases, in addition to mounting an agressive legal defense, we recommend that our clients go "the extra mile" by voluntarily completing the following: (1) safe driving program; (2) alcohol/substance abuse assessment; (3) community service; (4) MADD victims' impact panel; (5) AA meetings; and/or (6) ignition interlock installation.  Although these tasks are burdensome, they prove invaluable to convincing prosecutors and judges that our clients are serious about avoiding any future drunk driving charges, thereby gaining the credibility you need to obtain a favorable disposition.


Although it may result in less business for our law firm, Parker Layrisson emphatically discourages drinking and driving. Driving while intoxicated or under the influence is unsafe and a DWI / DUI conviction can ruin your future.


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