by KAREN LAGRANGE COX
Located in the Chase Tower on Jefferson Street in Lafayette, Louisiana, Beal & Hebert is a law firm offering its clients a wide range of legal services.
Their focus on small businesses is particularly noteworthy, as their clients often face unique legal challenges which require legal expertise. By assisting with corporate law, intellectual property, and construction law, Beal & Hebert is well-equipped to help small businesses navigate the legal landscape and grow.
Their one-stop shop for their clients allows the firm to streamline the legal process and offer a comprehensive approach to meeting their client’s needs by focusing on helping small businesses grow, personal injury, corporate law, estate planning, wills, successions, family law, intellectual property, and construction law.
Giving back to the community by investing in their community is a way for the law firm to help those in need, fosters goodwill, and strengthen relationships within the community. The firm supports Acadiana Biddy Basketball and youth sports and awards scholarships to selected Tuerlings and St. Thomas Moore high school students.
Lance Beal – Founding Partner
Lance Beal is a founding partner of Beal & Hebert LLC. Beal is a 2001 Graduate of Teurlings Catholic High School in Lafayette. After high school, Beal served the United States by enlisting in the United States Air Force and later became a member of the Louisiana National Guard. After his service, he earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in 2018.
Aside from Beal’s work in his law firm, he is currently an Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District.
A believer in giving back to his community, Beal has been a volunteer coach for various local schools for the past nine years, where he has coached football, baseball, softball, and track. He dedicates himself to charities such as the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and to making Acadiana a better place. He says, “By making Acadiana a better place, we make Louisiana a better place.”
A native of Erath, Beal resides with his wife, Haley, and their two sons in Broussard.
Personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability, and general injury as a variety of civil litigation
A founding partner at Beal & Hebert, Kenneth “Kenny” Hebert, has been recognized as a Rising Star in civil litigation by Louisiana Super Lawyers.
Acadiana Profile Magazine recognized Hebert as one of the top attorneys in the Acadiana region. In 2021, he was awarded The Honorable Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association, an award given to a single attorney state-wide based on their professionalism in law practice.
In addition to Kenny Hebert’s civil practice at Beal & Hebert, Hebert has also served as an Assistant District attorney for the better part of a decade, successfully trying multiple judge and jury trials. Hebert’s courtroom experience as a prosecutor and civil litigator has given him valuable tools that he uses in litigation to help maximize recovery for his clients.
Hebert is a graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History. After graduation, he studied at Southern University Law Center, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 2011. He interned at the Louisiana Supreme Court under Justice Greg Guidry during law school.
Hebert currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Lafayette Parish Bar Association (LBA) and the Lafayette Parish Young Lawyers Association, where he serves as the treasurer. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for United Way of Acadiana and the Acadiana Inns of Court.
A native of New Iberia, Hebert has lived in Acadiana his entire life. He and his wife currently reside in Lafayette with their three sons.
J. Stanford (Stan) Vidrine
General litigation and successions
J. Stanford (Stan) Vidrine attended St. Edmund’s High School in Eunice, Louisiana. He attended Louisiana State University (LSU) in Baton Rouge where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Education. After graduating from LSU, Vidrine taught high school and coached football for three years before attending Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge where he graduated in 2018. He became licensed to practice law throughout the state of Louisiana.
Vidrine serves as an Assistant District Attorney (Felony Prosecutor) for Evangeline Parish.
Vidrine is a husband and a father of three children. He grew up in Chataignier, Louisiana in Evangeline Parish, where he still resides today.
Civil litigation, business law, and construction law
Alan Haney has been an Assistant District Attorney for Lafayette Parish since 2007 and continues to serve as a felony prosecutor with the 15th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. As a felony prosecutor, he has served the citizens of Lafayette Parish by prosecuting serious felonies, including rape, homicide, and public corruption, for over a decade.
Haney received his Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2004 and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School in New Orleans in 2007.
Haney is a native of New Iberia and graduated from Catholic High School in 2000.
Criminal defense, civil litigation, estate law, and contractual disputes
Celeste White is a native of Lafayette and graduated from Teurlings Catholic High School in 1996. She received her BA in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and her Juris Doctorate from LSU Law School in 2009.
Celeste has served as an Assistant District Attorney for seven years and continues to serve as a felony prosecutor with the 15th Judicial District Attorneys’ Office prosecuting felonies including rape, homicide, robberies, and public corruption.
Donald Knecht, Jr.
Commercial litigation, The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), business litigation, intellectual property law, construction law, personal injury, evictions, and legal ethics
Attorney Donald Knecht, Jr. is a 1990 University of Southwestern Louisiana graduate. In 2000, Knecht earned his Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, where he graduated cum laude. Knecht served as the managing editor of Loyola Law Review. Knecht won Faculty Awards for the highest grade in Advanced Legal Writing, Civil Law of Persons, Sales, and Leases, & Trademark, Tradename & Unfair Trade Practices. He also was named the 2000 Professor William L. Crowe, Sr., Scholar.
Before becoming an attorney, Knecht served in the Lafayette Police Department as a patrol officer and a detective for six years. As a law enforcement officer, Knecht conducted homicide, rape, armed robbery, burglary, theft, and forgery investigations.
Knecht has served as an administrative law adjudicator for the Better Business Bureau. He presided over hearings and rendered decisions in cases involving disputes under the Louisiana Automobile Lemon Law.
Knecht has served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 15th Judicial District since 2015, where he has prosecuted traffic violations and felonies.
Civil law, family law, real estate, and property law
Morgan Guillory majored in political science / pre-law with a minor in history. She received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she majored in Political Science/ Pre-Law with a minor concentration in History. Guillory is also a graduate of Southern University Law Center.
After graduation, Guillory worked for the 16th Judicial District Court as a Judicial Law Clerk.
Assisting the community and lending a helping hand to others is her lifelong passion, whether at home or abroad. Over the past seven years, she has embarked on multiple trips to Guatemala during the summer to engage in missionary work.
With a deep-seated passion for helping others, she intends to utilize her skills as an attorney to assist as many people as possible to the fullest extent of her capabilities.
Guillory is a native of Franklin, Louisiana, and currently resides in St. Mary Parish.
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