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Robert H. "Lad" Shemwell


Shreveport, LA
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Lad was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1967. He grew up in Shreveport, Louisiana before attending and graduating from Tulane University with a B.A. in Economics in 1990. He received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University in May of 1993. Upon graduation from law school, Lad clerked for the Juvenile Court for Caddo Parish for one year and Judge Stephen V. Callaway, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, for two years. Lad joined the firm in 1996 and is presently a vice president and Shareholder of the firm. He is an active member of St. Mark Cathedral, where he has served on the vestry, as Junior Warden and is now serving as Senior Warden. He is a member of the Shreveport and Louisiana Bar Associations and past president of the Young Lawyer Section of the Shreveport Bar Association. Lad is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western District of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.

Lad is married to Dorothy A. Shemwell and has three daughters, Brooke, Sarah Margaret and Merritt.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Transactions
  • Collections
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy – Creditor

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1993


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Juris Doctorate - 1993
  • Tulane University
    • B.A. - 05/1990
    • Major: Economics

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Shreveport Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Shreveport Bar Association, Young Lawyer Section, Immediate Past President
  • Louisiana Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Caddo Parish, Juvenile Court, Clerk, 1996 to 1996
  • Judge Stephen V. Callaway, Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Clerk


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