Stephen Haedicke is an accomplished litigator and advocate for his clients. A 2001 graduate of Northwestern University School of Law, he regularly represents individuals and companies in complex litigation in the state and federal courts of Louisiana. Over the past 20 years, he has achieved positive results for clients in such diverse areas as First Amendment violations, breach of contract suits, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, civil rights claims, RICO cases, civil service appeals, felony prosecutions, DUIs, personal injury, and capital defense.
Today, he focuses his practice on representing individuals in complex cases in federal and state court, particularly civil rights and criminal defense cases. He devotes care and attention to every case he accepts, and his clients receive the honest advice, personal attention, and skillful advocacy they deserve.
Mr. Haedicke is active in local and national bar associations, including the Federal Bar Association and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Chair of the Federal Bar Association’s Civil Rights Section, and he was awarded the FBA’s Outstanding Leader Award at the national convention in 2019. In 2020, he became a member of the Board of Directors for the New Orleans Chapter of the FBA, and he continues to serve in that capacity.
Mr. Haedicke has taught in the Trial Advocacy program at the Tulane University School of Law and has presented on topics such as Practice Standards for Criminal Defense, Criminal Law for Civil Lawyers, and Civil Rights Law for Criminal Lawyers. He has also been recognized as one of the top criminal defense lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association.
Stephen lives with his wife Jennifer in the Bywater area of New Orleans. In his free time, he is an avid practitioner of Aikido, having obtained the rank of sandan (third-degree black belt). He practices and teaches at Nola Aikido.
A Challenge to the Status Quo? Shields v. Illinois DOC and 1983 Suits Against Private Companies, The Federal Lawyer, May/June 2020
FRE 404(b) in Personal Injury Cases, Strafford Webinar Series, October 2021
Political Corruption Cases in Louisiana, presentation for the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, White Collar Crime CLE, December 2018
Pretrial Detainees v. Post-Conviction Prisoners: The Supreme Court’s Kingsley v. Hendrickson Decision, the Civil Rights Etouffee CLE of the Federal Bar Association, April 2017
Civil Rights in Criminal Cases, presentation for Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Last Chance Seminar, December 2017 (with Gary Bizal)
Fire with Fire: The Ethics of Dealing with the Media in High Profile Cases, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Homicide CLE – March 2018
Criminal Law for Civil Lawyers at Jones Walker LLP, May 2010
Practice Standards for Criminal Defense, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Law and All that Jazz, April 2007
Stephen J. Haedicke’s Qualifications
|Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL
Juris Doctor Cum Laude, May 2001
New College of the University of South Florida, Sarasota, FL
|Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere, & Denegre, LLP, New Orleans, LA
Western Circuit Public Defender’s Office, Athens, GA
Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Chicago, IL
Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP, New York, NY (summer clerk)
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana