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Panelist Bio


Lewis O. Unglesby
Baton Rouge Trial Attorney

Lewis Unglesby practices in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense, specializing in jury trials. He has argued over 25 cases in the Louisiana Supreme Court and won over 40 verdicts exceeding $1,000,000.00. He was the youngest person named a trial advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in both criminal and civil law. He is a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America, an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates, and a fellow in the American Board of Criminal Lawyers. He has been named in Best Lawyers in America in five different categories of practice for the last 25 years, selected in the top 50 lawyers in the personal injury field in Super Lawyers, chosen best criminal lawyer in Louisiana in 2010, and chose best white collar criminal lawyer in 2012. Martindale-Hubbell rates his firm in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers since 1996, and he has been selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the United States since 2008.

Unglesby is an avid hunter and owns many guns. He believes in reasonable restrictions on gun ownership.

Unglesby has appeared on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN and numerous national radio shows. His career has been featured by The Times-Picayune, The Shreveport Times, The Morning Advocate, Gannett news service, Tiger Rag and the Baton Rouge Business Report.

Unglesby joined what was then LTLA now the Association of Justice while in law school in 1973 and has served in various positions in the organization since that time.

Current Topic


     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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