I’m Stephen Haedicke— a lawyer here in town who focuses on criminal defense and civil rights.
I often meet clients at low points in their lives, when they’ve been arrested or mistreated by people with power. When you are in that situation, you need to know your lawyer is capable, dedicated, and on point. If you’re ever in that kind of spot, I can be that kind of lawyer for you.
I think the highest calling of a lawyer is to defend individuals against the abuse of power. That’s what I do.
I have over fifteen years of legal experience from a number of different places. I graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago in 2001, where I was in the top 10% of my class. I then clerked for judges at the Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago.
After that, I spent two years defending criminal cases in Georgia, until moving back to my native Louisiana. Working at one of the state’s largest law firms, Jones Walker in New Orleans, taught me a lot about how the system works. I continued practicing criminal defense at the firm, but my real passion was in representing people and not big companies. So I left.
Today my criminal practice consists of everything from white collar fraud and corruption charges, to drug possession and conspiracies charges, to theft offenses and DUIs. I have defended individuals charged with everything from murder to simple battery to drug conspiracies in state and federal court, all the way through trial. My clients have included politicians, business people, and ordinary folks caught in a difficult spot.
My civil rights practice consists primarily of litigation against police and sheriffs based on misconduct or brutality, but I also have experience in discrimination cases. I’m proud to fight in court for those who can’t fight for themselves.
I have delivered training presentations to groups such as the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and published articles on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and other international laws related to corruption. I have taught at the Tulane University Law School Trial Advocacy Program and been honored as one of the top 100 criminal lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
If I can be of service to you, or anyone you know, please give me a call me at 504-525-1328.