How Chad Dudley Went from Professional Athlete to Attorney

by Dudley DeBosier | March 18th, 2020

From the Tennis Court to the Judicial Court

I spent over a decade training to be a professional tennis player. The discipline, training, and work ethic that I developed during that time made up the best preparation possible for my legal career. I never expected that I would become an attorney, but life never turns out quite as expected. Both my parents dreamed of going to law school, but it just never happened for them. I grew up in Hawaii, and I dreamed of playing professional tennis. I practiced nearly every day for several hours. After competing locally, I started to compete nationally. Traveling was expensive, and my family could not afford to pay for all of it. There was a group of competitive tennis players from Hawaii, and we were all in the same situation: we wanted to compete nationally, but the cost was too high. Eventually, a local personal injury attorney, who had a son who played tennis, stepped up and helped us with the costs. He was one of the first attorneys I remember meeting.

In high school, I climbed the national rankings for tennis and eventually got a scholarship to the Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida, which had the top tennis training facility at the time. Today, it is better known as the IMG Academy. During that time, I played national, international, and low-level professional tennis tournaments. It was tough. There are so many great players out there, and I decided to look at using my tennis talents to get a scholarship to go to college.

I accepted a tennis scholarship from Louisiana State University, and it was an experience like no other. The tennis team was ranked top 10 in the country, and I worked harder than I had ever worked before. It was great playing on a team and playing for LSU. I will never forget it. When I obtained my marketing degree, Jerry Simmons, the tennis coach at LSU, was one of the people who encouraged me to go to law school.

As strange as it sounds, I really enjoyed law school. I loved every part of it. However, I did second-guess my decision when I got my first job in a law firm. I was hired as a law clerk for a large defense firm.

As a law clerk, I performed all the research for the lawyers — which is as important as you’d imagine — but our job was designed to be ineffective and cumbersome. At law school, we would perform research online. At the firm, they had this huge law library with all these old law books. Research that would take 15 minutes online at school could take hours in the library. It drove me crazy.

One day, I decided to take all the research assignments and go to the law school library so that I could crank out the research online. I turned in my work and later got called in by one of the partners. He asked me how I had done so much research in such a short amount of time. I told him I went online and asked him if I got anything wrong. He said everything looked good, but I need to slow down because we were billing the clients by the hour and it didn’t help if I got it done faster and more efficiently. At that point, I made the decision that, if possible, I would avoid ever billing a client by the hour.

From there, I switched to a personal injury firm. It was the first place where they told me, “It doesn’t matter how many hours you work; you just need to get the right result.” That was everything. It changed how I perceived the practice of law. We could help people and not just bill hours. I wasn’t tucked away in a library, and I got to meet the clients and see how our work helped them. I really enjoyed that. For many years, I got to work on some very cool cases. One of them was a toxic tort case where a company had exposed a neighborhood to all sorts of toxins. We represented nearly 4,000 people, and I was responsible for organizing all their information and communicating with them. To accomplish this, I taught myself database programming, and while I didn’t know it at the time, that skill had a big impact on my career.

From there, I went to work for another law firm that handled catastrophic injury cases. It was another great experience to learn how to represent clients who had been severely injured through no fault of their own. While I was there, I also learned about what it took to run a law firm.

Eventually, I was asked to join different law firm as the Chief Operating Officer and focus on the management of the firm.

It was a great opportunity and allowed me to use many of the skills that I had developed through my legal career. It also allowed me to use what I learned training to be a professional athlete and playing on a college team.

After several years in this position, the owners of the firm offered to sell the firm to Steve, James, and myself. It was a big commitment, but we decided to do it. From the very first day, we have focused on a few key things: 1) take care of our employees, 2) take care of our clients, 3) be great at what we do, 4) give back to the community, and 5) have fun. We take those values seriously. I am fortunate to have some amazing partners. I work with my best friends day-in and day-out. Our skills and personalities complement each other’s, and we love what we do. It has made this journey that much more fun and rewarding.

We have built a team of attorneys, legal assistants, and support personnel that feels the same way we do. Every day when I go to work, I look around and am so grateful to work with such amazing people and to work for such amazing clients. I didn’t make it on the professional tennis tour, but I can’t imagine that being as fulfilling or as fun as what I am doing right now.

One Relationship at a Time: What Does It Mean?

by Dudley DeBosier | June 15th, 2018

As personal injury lawyers, we know that what we do is often misunderstood. Popular television shows poke fun at our work, and flashy—or even tongue-in-cheek—billboards on the highway call our motives into question. But, at Dudley DeBosier, we like to think we change people’s minds about injury attorneys the best way we know how: one relationship at a time.

When you come to us for help, we know you’re dealing with one of the most stressful situations of your life. Whether you or a family member were injured, you may be facing financial uncertainty, time away from work, and in some cases, pain and suffering that may never fully heal.

We know what you’re going through, and you’re not just another case to us. Every case we handle is important, and every individual we help is facing a unique situation.

Our Success Depends on Your Results

Put simply, we work for you, not a major corporation. Because insurance companies are profit-driven businesses, they have an incentive to undervalue and deny claims. They aren’t always concerned with your best interests.

At Dudley DeBosier, we put our clients first. Our lawyers don’t get paid unless you do, and more importantly, we live and work in the same Louisiana communities as you. The highest form of flattery we can receive is a referral from neighbors like you after a job well done.

We’re not afraid to laugh at ourselves or the way we’re portrayed in the media. But if you’re ever facing a tough time after an injury that wasn’t your fault, we want you to know we’re here to help, even if you never thought you would hire an injury lawyer. And when you call, we’ll take the time to listen to your story and help you get the compensation you deserve for what you’ve been through.

We’re Always Here to Help

If you or a loved one needs help after a Louisiana accident or injury, contact our 24/7 team now, and let us do everything we can to change your mind about the work we do.

Teamwork and Good Sportsmanship

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 16th, 2017

Omaha! Or is it Eaux-Maha? Either way it’s time to celebrate because LSU is playing in the College World Series. The LSU Tigers know that teamwork and good sportsmanship go hand-in-hand to promote unity and harmony amongst any team. And here at Dudley DeBosier, we know a thing or two about working together. Whether we are preparing for your trial or supporting our community, we pride ourselves on always working as a team to get the job done right. And just like our Fightin’ Tigers, we understand that good sportsmanship comes from the team players who are determined to give it 100 percent all the time. And whether it’s on the field or in a courtroom, your character and attitude are always on display. That is why at Dudley DeBosier, we always work as a team and practice good sportsmanship to win for our clients.

We congratulate our LSU Fightin’ Tigers on making it to Omaha for the 18th time! And win or lose this weekend, we are proud to be the Official Injury Lawyers of LSU Athletics. And as always,


The Life Of A Single Mom

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | June 7th, 2017

Being a single mom is no small feat. Raising a child alone is not only very financially straining, but also very emotionally fatiguing. As a single parent, often times, every need of your child falls on you. That means meals, discipline, school supplies, clothes, toys, transportation and any extra-curricular activities–not to mention, the house note, electricity, water and gas. For many single parents these things can begin to build-up, as you try to do your best for your child, while still managing to take care of yourself.

This is why The Life Of A Single Mom Ministries was founded by Jennifer Maggio in 2007. She experienced single parenting first hand and understood the struggles of going at it alone. She left the corporate world to create TLSM for single parents nationwide. Today, TLSM works to educate communities on the challenges of single parenting, as well as provide lone parents with resources and assistance.

With our help, TLSM can continue to help single parents and be a shoulder for them to lean on. At Dudley DeBosier, the month of June is dedicated to helping raise awareness for this noteworthy organization. Additionally, for every new like the Dudley DeBosier Facebook page receives in the month of June, we will donate a dollar to The Life Of A Single Mom Ministries, up to 500 dollars.

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To learn more about The Life Of A Single Mom click here.

Careers vs. Jobs: Following Your Passion

by Camille Quebodeaux | February 1st, 2017

by Camille Quebodeaux | February 1, 2017

We are excited to begin the process of evaluating and choosing the winners for our 2016-2017 Dudley DeBosier scholarship contest. As this school year draws to a close, many students are faced with difficult decisions about their future. We want to give some perspective to all students who may not be sure what their next steps should be.

Honestly, what senior in high school, or even college, knows exactly what they want to do with the rest of their life? Yes, there are a lucky few that know they are destined to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or surgeon, but that is not the case for the majority of people. The choices to be made regarding a career path can be very confusing, overwhelming, and actually quite scary to some.

By definition, a job is an activity through which an individual can earn money; a regular activity in exchange for payment. A career is the pursuit of a lifelong ambition or the general course of progression (through jobs) toward lifelong goals. People pursuing careers are thinking about what they can do now to make those goals happen in the future.

The difference between a job and a career boils down to the individual’s attitude. An individual normally holds several jobs in their career, and often find themselves changing jobs in the same field of work that defines their career. Switching careers can be more difficult than simply switching jobs, and it may require you to restart at the bottom of the totem pole. Don’t worry, starting over is totally acceptable and okay, as long as you are happy. After all, you only have one life. While most people’s idea of success includes money, in our opinion, it is also about your personal happiness.

Everyone is different and that means there are many ways for individuals to find their happiness. Whether the right fit for you is a simple job or a lifelong career, do it with passion and to the best of your ability. Jobs often help people jumpstart their careers through experience, knowledge  and learning about what they like and dislike. Striving for a career eventually turns into positive steps because you are gaining more out of the work than just a paycheck. Whether you choose a job or a career, you want to do your best to develop the skills you have, really enjoy what you do, and care about how you spend your time each day.

Every job is part of your career.

Some employees spend 30 years in the same department at the same company, and to many, this is the traditional sense of a career. But this is not the only way to go about seeking a career. An individual can be a contractor, lawn care taker, office clerk, or a car salesman and even though these jobs are quite unrelated, they all combine to make a career.

Every job provides skills and resources for the future.

Even though you may absolutely hate your current job, continue to complete each task to the best of your ability because you never know what skills you will take away. It never hurts to ask questions when you are unsure of something. Jobs provide skills such as dealing with rejection and negative feed back, learning how to communicate with a huge variety of people, and often times shows how great of an impact a positive attitude and hard work have on a company.

Every job offers networking opportunities.

No one is 100 percent sure where life will take them, or what their future will consist of. You don’t know which co-workers or customers you will come in contact with later on, and you also don’t know what kind of connections and networking possibilities these people have. You never know, maybe that good impression you gave to the customer last week was a CEO who can open a huge door for you.

Always do your best.

No matter what field of work you’re in, doing the minimum rarely ever works out in your favor. Always do more than what is asked, whether or not you think your current job is in your future career path. You should treat most jobs as if they are important, because they are. Not only do jobs provide immediate income but, it’s very possible that they can lead to better things in the future.

If you approach your work with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, and a spirit of excellence, you will set yourself so far apart from your peers that your employers will have no choice but to notice you. It NEVER hurts to do your BEST!

“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress; working hard for something we love is called passion”
– Simon Sinek

Dudley DeBosier Renovating New Office

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | July 27th, 2016

Dudley DeBosier is excited to announce that we have purchased a new building in downtown Baton Rouge.  We are currently in the process of renovating this building to meet our needs, but look forward to moving in later in the year.  Chad Dudley, the managing partner of Dudley DeBosier, stated that “We are looking forward to get more space for our team.  It has been an exciting year of growth for us and this will help us accommodate that growth. We will keep the  building at 1075 Government, but use the extra space for additional team members.”  The new building is located at 320 Somerlous Street, right down the road from North Boulevard Town Square.

Dudley DeBosier Moving Shreveport Locations

by Alyssa Perot-Heltz | July 6th, 2016

Our Shreveport office is moving locations, but don’t worry – we’ll be right next door! We’d like to thank the Shreveport community for supporting us as we continue to grow. We value the opportunity you’ve given us to change the way people think about attorneys, one client at a time!

Our new Shreveport location will accommodate our growing firm and will allow us to offer greater service to you. Baton Rouge and New Orleans clients will still be able to receive the same great service at their current locations. Thanks again for your support of our firm and we look forward to seeing you at our new office!

New Address: 4300 Youree Drive, Suite 250, LA 71105