Our Attorneys in Lafayette, LA
TULANE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1997
UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
- Louisiana State Courts (1997)
- United States District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana (1998)
- United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1998)
- Texas State Courts (2006)
- United States Supreme Court (2007)
- Eastern District of Texas (2013)
Activities & Affiliates
- Louisiana Association for Justice
- Automobile Torts Section
- Maritime Section
- Civil Rights Section, Former Chairman
Pride J. Doran is one of the rising stars among Louisiana’s trial lawyers. A native of St. Landry Parish, Pride has a lifelong familiarity with this area that shows when he tries cases. In his over twenty years of practice, he has distinguished himself as an outstanding trial attorney and negotiator, and has built a strong reputation in the courtroom.
A graduate of Tulane Law School, Pride has extensive experience in automobile and trucking claims, maritime and offshore, product liability, insurance coverage and premises liability litigation. He has represented the interests of thousands of individuals, many to trial or alternative dispute resolution, and has been asked to lecture at several continuing legal education seminars on topics relevant to personal injury litigation in Louisiana.
Very active in several professional associations, Pride has been a member of the LSBA Section on Insurance, Negligence, Admiralty and Workers’ Compensation; the Louisiana Association for Justice Automobile Tort and Maritime Sections, and has previously served on that organizations Board of Governors. He also is a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and in 2012 was selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars ® by Thomson Reuters (Top Attorney’s under 40 in Louisiana) in the area of Plaintiff’s Personal Injury. Pride has been recognized as one of the “Top 40 under 40” by the National Trial Lawyers ™ (2012). Since 2008, he has held an “AV – Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubble®, which recognizes those with the highest levels of skill and integrity, based on confidential submissions by judges and other lawyers. Since 2013, Pride has been a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum®, which reserves membership to attorneys who have obtained seven (7) figure judgments, settlements, or verdicts, for their clients. Also since 2013, Pride has been a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum® and The Top Trail Lawyers in America®.
Pride is licensed to practice before all state courts in Louisiana and Texas, all federal courts in Louisiana, the Eastern District of Texas, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He has also been admitted to handle serious matters in other states such as Washington, California, Tennessee and Mississippi.
Most important, Pride and his lovely wife, Patience, have three children: Brandon, Basia and Cailan, and a grandson, Kaius. The family resides in Opelousas, Louisiana.
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
Juris Doctor, cum lade (2005)
B.A., Economics, 1999
- Louisiana Supreme Court (2005)
- United States District Court Western District – Louisiana (2006)
- Texas State Bar (2007)
Activities & Affiliates
- Million Dollar Advocates
A native of Shreveport, Louisiana, Quincy is a graduate of the historic Booker T. Washington High School. He attended Dillard University in New Orleans and earned dual degrees in Accounting and Business Management. He furthered his education at Southern University Law Center where he graduated in the top ten percent of his class in 2005, and with honors.
In addition to his academic achievements, Quincy has worked extensively to positively impact his community and inspire the young people from his hometown. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the P.O.W.E.R. Project community-based youth enrichment agency. He is also a mentor for the Operation B.L.A.S.T. Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program.
Quincy is the youngest of thirteen children and is a shining example of what can be accomplished through resilience, discipline and perseverance. He is a partner in Doran & Cawthorne, P.L.L.C., and focuses his practice on trial and appellate litigation.
Corrie Gallien is a native of Opelousas, Louisiana. She is a deaf attorney and deaf advocate.
She is Senior Counsel at Doran & Cawthorne, with a focus on Appellate Practice, Legal Research and Writing, Personal Injury, and Criminal Law.
In 2004, Ms. Gallien graduated from Beau Chene High School as a Top 20 student and TOPS Honors Recipient.
As an UL-L Academic Scholarship recipient, Ms. Gallien graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in 2009, with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and an Honor’s Baccalaureate Degree. Her honor’s thesis was entitled Perceptions and Realities of Plea Bargaining. Ms. Gallien served as Business Manager of The Vermilion, UL-L’s campus newspaper, from 2005 to 2007. She was a Ronald E. McNair Scholar and a member of the Criminal Justice Society. As a first generation college graduate, Ms. Gallien also participated in the Upward Bound Program at UL-L. She also interned with the Louisiana Center for Women and Government through Nicholls State University in 2007.
In 2011, Ms. Gallien obtained a Juris Doctor and Diploma in Civil Law from Paul M. Hebert, School of Law at Louisiana State University. Ms. Gallien was the recipient of a PILS Fellowship and LSU LAW Scholarship. During law school, she participated in LSU Legal Association of Women as Treasurer, LSU Black Law Student Society as Parliamentarian, and LSU Public Interest Law Society – Participant. She interned with the Mental Health Advocacy Services as a PILS Fellow. Ms. Gallien also participated in LSU LAW’s Juvenile Representation Clinic.
During her career, Ms. Gallien has clerked for district court judges in the 27th Judicial District Court and 15th Judicial District Court. She also practiced as a Juvenile Public Defender for the 15th Judicial District Public Defender’s Office for several years. Ms. Gallien provides legal research and writing assistance to other attorneys.
She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association, Louis A. Martinet Society, and American Inn of Court of Acadiana. She currently serves on the editorial committee of the Promulgator (Lafayette Bar Association’s magazine). Ms. Gallien has been a member in several community organizations that are dedicated to juvenile and community enrichment and education. She is committed to serving individuals in need.
SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
Juris Doctor, 2009
B.A., Political Science, 2006
- Louisiana State Court (2009)
- Texas State Court (2015)
Activities & Affiliates
- Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Program
- Lafayette Bar Association’s Protective Order Panel
- Lafayette Young Lawyers Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
Dwazendra J. Smith
Dwazendra J. Smith is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. Her practice includes, but is not limited to, Family Law, Criminal Law, Personal Injury and Business and Commercial Litigation. She also provides pro bono services through the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers program (LVL) and the Lafayette Bar Association’s Protective Order Panel. She is a member of the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers panel and the immediate past president of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009 and admitted to practice in Texas in 2015.
Ms. Smith is a 2009 graduate of Southern University Law Center. During her law school matriculation, she served as the Student Bar Association President and 2L Class President. She also served on the Moot Court Board, was a pupil of the American Inns of Court, and the Symposium Editor for Southern University Law Center’s second law journal, the Journal of Race, Gender, and Poverty. She was also a member of various organizations such as the Criminal Law Society, Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). She was the recipient of the ALI – ABA Scholarship and Leadership Award, the Chancellor’s Leadership Award, and the CALI Award for the highest grade in Legal Writing and Security Devices. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Smith attended Louisiana State University in Shreveport (LSU-S) and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science in 2006.
Ms. Smith is currently a member of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court, and before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Attorney of Counsel
Jonathan Frank is an attorney at Doran & Cawthorne, LLC. His practice focuses on criminal defense personal injury.
Jonathan graduated from Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Financing. With twenty-six lawyers in the family, he then decided to follow in the footsteps of so many of his predecessors and study law. While in law school, Jonathan decided to enroll into the dual program and get his graduate degree in business simultaneously. Jonathan has had lots of success while in school but his proudest moment came when he passed the Texas Bar Exam one year before he graduated. Jonathan graduated with his law degree and M.B.A. degree at the same time.
Jonathan has represented hundreds of defendants in justice of the peace court, municipal court, county court, district court, and federal court.
Prior to joining Doran and Cawthorne, Jonathan acted as regional manager at Med Security, Inc. with 100+ staff members working under him. Jonathan’s biggest projects at this company included City of Houston and Houston First contracts that totaled $85 million.
Attorney of Counsel
Gregory Hardmon serves as Of Counsel in the Houston office of Doran & Cawthorne, LLC. His experience includes handling matters in the area of personal injury, criminal defense, contract disputes and probate. Prior to practicing law full time, Mr. Hardmon was on the faculty at Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University as an instructor in the department of Academic Support & Bar Readiness. He is admitted to practice in all Texas state courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Additionally he is a certified ad-litem attorney in Texas, allowing him to handle guardianship matters.
Mr. Hardmon is a member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar College of Texas. He is a 2003 graduate of Dillard University (B.A. Mass Communications) and earned his J.D. from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in 2010. Prior to law school, he was employed in the Dallas Independent School District as a middle school English-Language Arts teacher. Mr. Hardmon is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. He also serves on the legal ministry and is a member of the Good Hope Missionary Baptist Church. He is married to Taciana Hardmon, a fellow attorney, and they have three lovely daughters.
Attorney of Counsel
Edward Clark James, II
Edward Clark James, II, also known as Ted James, is an attorney from his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
The Baton Rouge native was taught at an early age the value of service, the strength of community, the importance of a quality education, and the principles of social justice.
Ted has received a number of honors and awards for his work and service. He was named to the National Bar Association’s 2013 Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40.
James graduated from the historically black McKinley Senior High School, Southern University, from which he received a Bachelor of Science in Accounting, and Southern University Law Center, from which he earned his Juris Doctor degree.
Paul T. DeRousselle
A 2009 Magna Cum Laude graduate from the Southern University Law Center, Paul T. DeRousselle joins Doran & Cawthorne with an accomplished resume’. While attending SULC, DeRousselle served as the Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, co-captain of the Mock Trial Team, Chairman of the Recruitment Committee, and Associate Editor of the Southern University Law Review. Additionally, he published a sports law article titled “Personal Foul! How the Supreme Court Allowed the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association to Violate Brentwood Academy’s First Amendment Rights”).
During his undergraduate tenure at Southern University, DeRousselle’s accolades didn’t end within the classroom. A four-year letterman in tennis, Paul helped lead the Jaguars to three-consecutive conference titles and two NCAA tournament appearances. He also served as a national delegate for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Paul is a seasoned attorney that spent the majority of his legal career in the Complex Commercial Litigation Department at a perennial Top-10 global law firm. During his time there, he represented entities such as the National Football League Players Association(NFLPA), ESPN, CBS, Disney, Verizon Wireless, General Electric, Apple, American Airlines, and Southwest Airlines. In those cases, he successfully negotiated millions of dollars via skillful negotiation with opposing sides. This number includes over 70 Motors Liquidation Company/General Motors mediation settlements.
Paul has also served as a NFLPA Certified Contract Advisor since 2012, where he guides the careers of several NFL Players while securing lucrative endorsement deals with companies such as Nike, Fanatics, Adidas, Panini Trading Cards, Leaf Trading Cards, Card.com and Dick’s Sporting Goods in addition to facilitating countless autograph signings and player appearances.
He lives by a quote given to him by his late grandfather: “Those who walk with God always reach their destination.”
Affectionately known as “Lil Paul” in his hometown of Eunice, Louisiana, he is a passionate founder of the Go Be Great Scholarship initiative which gives back to local kids.
A native of Jennings, Louisiana; Orelia graduated from Jennings High School in 2005. Orelia actively participated in sports, school and community activities and pageants where she excelled in all areas holding many local, state, and national titles. She has ranked on local, state and national levels. She is a four time state champion in extemporaneous speaking and continues to work with various programs instituting educational and personal development opportunities within local communities she serves. In 2004 she received a key to the City of Jennings outstanding community service. Ms. Lawdins attended Northwestern State University where she represented her school as an NSU cheerleader, Miss Black and Gold for the Southwest region and gained the national title of Miss Black US United. While at NSU, Orelia accumulated several academic accolades. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a minor in Business from Northwestern State University in 2009.
Thereafter, Ms. Lawdins entered Southern University Law Center where she pursued and obtained her Jurist Doctorate in 2014. During her tenure at Southern University Law Center she received her certifications in Mediation and Alternative Dispute Resolution, successfully mediated a variety of disputes ranging from land-lord tenant disputes to large contractual disputes. Upon graduation she entered a year-long clerkship with an 18th Judicial District Court Judge, Judge Alvin Batiste, Jr. Thereafter, she attended Columbia University in New York in 2015 where she obtained and completed her Master’s of Science in Sports Management in 2016. At Columbia University. There she focused on the legal implications of wearable technology for professional athletes.
She currently has a law practice in both Jennings and Natchitoches, LA where she focuses on the practice areas of Criminal, Family Law, Personal Injury and other Civil areas of practice. She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha, Sorority Inc., Louisiana Bar Association, American Bar Association, and sits on several Boards where she serves as a legal liaison and advisor. She is also a member of Our Lady Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Jennings, LA. Ms. Lawdins works diligently within her community to assists in the growth, education and opportunities available for community members old and young alike.
PAUL M. HEBERT LAW CENTER, LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Juris Doctor/Graduate Diploma of Comparative Law
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Bachelor of Arts
- Louisiana State Courts
- United States District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
Activities & Affiliates
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Baton Rouge Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- National Bar Association
- Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
- Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Louisiana Association of Justice
Nahshon Route is an associate at the Baton Rouge location of Doran & Cawthorne. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Nahshon received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Louisiana State University. Prior to joining Doran & Cawthorne, Nahshon worked in various capacities at all levels of government including stints on Capitol Hill, a legislative staffer in the office of former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and an attorney for the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality. In addition, Nahshon has experience advising non-profit organizations on issues of governance and compliance having worked for and consulted several non-profit corporations and public agencies.
At Doran & Cawthorne, Nahshon’s practice areas include personal injury, criminal defense and general civil litigation. Nahshon is licensed in all state and federal courts in Louisiana.
Alexis Davis Durio
Alexis Davis Durio is a native of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. After graduating from Teurlings Catholic High School in 2013, she continued her education at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Law in 2017. While attending the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, she served as the Treasurer of the Pi Lambda Beta Law Club. She was also inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success.
Thereafter, she attended Southern University Law Center and obtained her Juris Doctorate, cum laude, in 2020. While in law school, she was a member of the Southern University Law Review, in which she received the “Best Case Note” Award in the 2018-2019 summer write-on competition. Alexis was nominated by the Chancellor of Southern University Law Center to participate in the 2019 Judicial Clerkship Program at the American Bar Association’s Midyear Conference. She was also a member of Women in Law.
Throughout her law school tenure, she was employed as a Research Assistant, whereby her research focused on the United States’ Constitution juxtaposed to international constitutions. Her research also addressed causes involving social and criminal justice reform and prisoner reentry. Her findings will be utilized in a Southern University Professor’s forthcoming book chapter.
As volunteer work, she served as a Teaching Assistant and worked with the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Pro Bono Project.
Prior to joining Doran & Cawthorne, she worked as a Law Clerk with the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, Office of the Governor.
Raven C. Boxie
Raven C. Boxie is our new Associate Attorney at Doran & Cawthorne, LLC. She was born and raised in Opelousas, Louisiana. Raven obtained her Bachelor’s degree, from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2007 with major in Sociology and a minor in Law. She then obtained her Juris Doctor from Southern University Law Center in 2015. Raven became licensed and admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana in May of 2019. Her area of practice focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, and family law.
Before joining the firm she practiced family law at Acadiana Legal Services Corporation. Raven is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.