Ret. Hon. Paul J. deMahy, of counsel

Ret. Hon. Paul J. deMahy

Biography

Ret. Hon. Paul J. deMahy has served Division B of the Court since his election in 1986, handling full civil and criminal dockets. In 2002 Ret. Judge deMahy established the St. Martin Parish Adult Drug Treatment Court and served as its presiding judge through 2010. He served four terms as Chief Judge.

Ret. Judge deMahy is a graduate of Catholic High School (New Iberia), University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. Ret. Judge deMahy began his legal career in 1973, as an associate with the firm of Willis and Hardy. In 1981 he established a solo practice , which included serving as an Assistant Defender and Chief Defender for the 16th Judicial District Indigent Defender Office. He served St. Martinville as City Attorney from 1974 through 1986.

Ret. Judge deMahy is a charter member of the American Inns of Court - Inn on the Teche, having served as its President. He is a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association, having served as a mentor for five new judges. He is a member of the American Judges Association, serving on its Board of Trustees.

Ret. Judge deMahy is a member of the St. Martin Council of the Knights of Columbus, having served as its Grand Knight and serving as Parliamentarian and State Advocate of the Louisiana State Council. He is a member of the St. Martinville Kiwanis, having served as its president and as lieutenant governor of the Louisiana-Mississippi-W. Tennessee District.

Ret. Judge deMahy is life-long resident of St. Martin Parish. He is married to the former Marilyn Snoddy. They have five adult children and fourteen grandchildren. Paul and Marilyn are parishioners of St. Martin de Tours Catholic Church.

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Juris Doctorate - 1973
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • Bachelor of Arts - 1973
    • Major: Political Science
  • Catholic High School, New Iberia, Louisiana

Bar Admission

  • Louisiana, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1974

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • 18 Wheeler Accidents
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Defense
  • Bankruptcy
  • Property Damage

Professional Associations

  • American Inns of Court - Inn on the Teche, Charter Member
  • Louisiana District Judges Association
  • American Judges Association, Member
  • St. Martin Council of the Knights of Columbus, Grand Knight
  • Louisiana State Council, Parliamentarian and State Advocate
  • St. Martinville Kiwanis, Member
  • Louisiana-Mississippi-W. Tennessee District, President and Lieutenant Governor
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Board of Governors, 1982 to 1985
  • Louisiana Jaycees, Vice President, Community Development, 1978 to 1979
  • American Judges Association, Board of Governors

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney Of Counsel

Past Positions

  • 16th Judicial District Court, Chief Judge, 1987-1988; 1996-1997
  • St. Martin Parish Adult Drug Treatment Court, Presiding Judge
  • St. Martinville, City Attorney, 1974 to 1986
  • 16th Judicial District Indigent Defender Office, Assistant Defender and Chief Defender
  • Paul J. deMahy, P.L.C., President, 1981 to 1986
  • Willis & Hardy, Associate, 1973 to 1981

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Phi Delta Theta

Honors

  • Outstanding Young Man, St. Martinville Jaycees
  • Outstanding Jaycee Family, Louisiana Jaycees

Classes & Seminars

  • Evidence and Procedure Seminar, Louisiana Judicial College, 1993 to 1993
  • Recent Developments in Criminal Law and Procedure, Louisiana Judicial College, 1992 to 1992
  • The Art of the Deal, Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, 1990 to 1990