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Member Spotlight: Matt McConnell

Get to know Matt McConnell.
Matt McConnell was born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, with parents from Bunkie and Napoleonville. In 1988, he graduated from Saint Thomas Moore and in 1992 graduated from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee with a degree in Modern European History. Matt attended Tulane Law School and received his Juris Doctorate Cum Laude in 1996; his achievements include participation on the Moot Court board, becoming a DeBloise-Sewanee Scholar, and holding Trail Advocacy Honors. 
His inspiration for entering the field of law is unlike most. The character Atticus Finch in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird gave Matt inspiration when Atticus willingly helped the less fortunate stand up to authority. Matt had also been a Congressional Page – with gratitude to his sponsor, John Breaux, for the experiences given – and was able to walk the halls of Capitol Hill during the time Tip O'Neil, George H.W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan were setting the stage to end the Cold War.
Matt's inspirations do not end there; he has many individuals that he admires and considers as mentors.  Personally, his loving, supportive family and Jesus Christ are namely those that he sees as role models. Professionally, his mentors from earlier in his career in New Orleans and now in Lafayette have impacted him deeply. From New Orleans, he thanks Eddie Denechaud, Richard Bordelon, Judge Terry Alarcon, and Judge Robin Pittman. Moral support and encouragement derives from the plaintiff's bar, such as Glenn Armentor and Tom Angers, and the local bench bar.
Matt owns a law practice in the Oil Center where he primarily handles plaintiff's personal injury cases as well as some small business and successions. A typical day for him involves continuous communication through email and other messaging platforms, as well as meeting friendly faces whether it be in the office or while completing errands. Previously, Matt spent his days practicing in insurance coverage and defense, as well as commercial litigation. A recent accomplishment of his is the completion of mediation training, and he looks forward to serving fellow litigators and litigants.
Matt has also held many positions during his time practicing law. He was once the chairman of the Lafayette-Acadiana Chapter of the FBA and a board member of the Rotary of Lafayette. Once before, he had served one term on Lafayette's Republican Parish Executive Committee, as both its chair and vice-chairman. His most rewarding position, as he says, has been his servitude as a trustee and chair of the board of trustees for the Schools of the Sacred Heart in Grand Coteau. Today, Matt is a new member of the Lafayette Bar's Board of Directors and assists with writing for the editorial committee of The Promulgator.
When asked what three things he could not live without, his answers were: common human decency in the profession, second chances, and his wonderful staff. When he is not in his office, he likes to experience the outdoors through hunting, fishing, golfing, and hiking. He also likes to delve into a nice fictional book and spend most of his time with family and friends. An interesting fact about Matt is that he met his lovely wife of more than twenty years at the Cat's Meow karaoke bar on Bourbon Street. Matt also gave an extensive list of his favorite things. His favorite color is blue and his favorite meal is a hearty ribeye steak. Matt's favorite movie is Bone Tomahawk and his favorite music piece is “Appalachian Spring” by Aaron Copeland. His favorite book is The War of Art by Stephen Pressfield.
Matt's advice for new attorneys is: “Recognize, admit, and accept your limitations. Do not be afraid to own up to a mistake or ask for help, but still be confident that you can do the job well, the right way.”

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