About Donnie O'Pry

Growing up

Donovan “Donnie” Jay O’Pry II was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana.  His father, Donovan O’Pry, worked for 35 years as an elementary educator in the Lafayette Parish School system, serving as an assistant principal and teacher at Lafayette Middle School, and then finishing his career at Acadian Middle School.  Donnie’s mother, Karen O’Pry, worked for the Department of Social Security in Opelousas with 35 years of service. Donnie attended St. Leo Seton Elementary and then graduated from Carencro High School in 1995. While at Carencro High School, Donnie was a member of the 1992 State Championship football team and was nationally ranked in speech and debate.

Education

Donnie attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on a full academic scholarship. While attending LSU, Donnie won LSU’s annual public speaking contest as a sophomore. Donnie received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science in 1999.  After graduating, he enrolled at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. While in law school, Donnie was chosen to serve as a member of the Moot Court Board, and also represented LSU at the Association of Trial Lawyers of America’s National Mock Trial Competition in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Donnie graduated with a Juris Doctor from LSU Law School in 2002 and was admitted to the Bar that same year.

Work Career

Donnie began his legal career as an associate with the Lafayette firm of Jeansonne & Remondet. Donnie’s practice was primarily in the fields of workers’ compensation defense and automotive and premises liability. In 2007, Donnie became a partner at Jeansonne & Remondet, where he served in that capacity until opening the O’Pry Law Firm in 2014.  On March 1, 2014, Donnie opened the O'Pry Law Firm.  The firm's mission is to provide its clients with first class representation in an aggressive yet cost effective manner.  The O'Pry Law Firm's client base is very diverse and includes several Fortune 500 Companies.

Professional Affiliations and Recognition

Donnie has been nationally recognized in the fields of workers' compensation and personal injury practice.  He has been repeatedly rated as one of the Top Lawyers in both Acadiana and Louisiana by multiple publications including the Times Picayune, American Lawyer Media and Acadiana Profile Magazine.  Donnie holds the highest rating of "AV Preeminent" awarded by Martindale-Hubble®, the most widely recognized and respected lawyer peer review service in the nation. In addition, Donnie has achieved a perfect 10.0 rating on Avvo.com, one of the most widely used lawyer rating services in the country. He has been inducted as a life time member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, an elite group of attorneys who have achieved multi-million dollar verdicts or settlements for their clients.  Donnie was selected to the 2017 Rising Stars list of Superlawyers®, an honor given to no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state under the age of forty.  Most recently, Donnie was selected to the "Top 10 Under 40" list of the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, a list which recognizes the top 10 personal injury attorneys in Louisiana under the age of forty.
 
Donnie is a member of the Lafayette Bar Association and has been a Director on its Board of Directors since 2013.  Donnie currently serves as President-elect of the Lafayette Bar Association.  He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and has served as a representative of the 15th Judicial District in the LSBA House of Delegates since 2012.  Donnie is a member of the Duhe Inn of Court and is licensed to practice law before all Louisiana State Courts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and all United States District Courts in Louisiana. 
          

Family

Donnie is married to Stephanie Hulin O’Pry and they have four children. Stephanie is originally from Loureaville and graduated from The University of Louisiana in Lafayette in 2002. Donnie and Stephanie are very active in their church, community, and children’s school. Their entire family loves attending both LSU and UL games and socializing with their friends.