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About – The Law Offices of Stephen J. Haedicke, LLC



Hello, 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’m in my seventeenth year as a lawyer.  In 2001, 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 worked for judges at the Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago as a staff attorney, with a docket of mostly civil rights and criminal cases.

After that, I spent two years defending criminal cases in the Athens, Georgia, Public Defender’s Office, which also serves as the legal clinic for University of Georgia’s law school.  I then moved back to my native Louisiana and worked at one of the region’s largest law firms, Jones Walker in New Orleans.  I continued practicing criminal defense at the firm, but my real passion is in representing people and not big companies, so I left.

Today my practice consists of mostly civil rights and criminal defense cases.  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.

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.  My clients have included politicians, business people, and ordinary folks caught in a difficult spot.

I also work on general civil litigation matters on occasion.

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.  From 2018 to 2020, I will be the national Chair of the Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association.

If I can be of service to you, or anyone you know, please give me a call me at 504-525-1328.