Attorney Profiles

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Our Attorneys in Lafayette, LA

Partner

Pride Doran

Education

TULANE LAW SCHOOL
Juris Doctor, 1997

UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS
B.A., 1994

Bar Admissions

  • 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
  • Million Dollar Advocates 

Partner

Pride Doran

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 has been selected to Super Lawyers Rising Stars (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. He holds 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.

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.  Mr. Doran is an inductee into the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a prestigious organization of successful trial lawyers who’ve obtained exceptional results in personal injury matters.

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.

Partner

Quincy Cawthorne

Education

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER
Juris Doctor, cum lade (2005)

DILLARD UNIVERSITY
B.A., Economics, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana Supreme Court (2005)
  • United States District Court Western District – Louisiana (2006)
  • Texas State Bar (2007)

Activities & Affiliates

  • Million Dollar Advocates

Partner

Quincy Cawthorne

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.

Associate

Dwazendra J. Smith

Education

SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY LAW CENTER 

Juris Doctor, 2009

LSU-S
B.A., Political Science, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • 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

Associate

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.