Member Spotlight: Jennifer Ardoin
About Jennifer Ardoin
Jennifer Ardoin attended Louisiana State University for her undergraduate degree and attended and earned her JD in 2006 at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. She is originally from Eunice, Louisiana. She currently has two jobs in different areas of practice.
Following a clerkship with the Honorable Ellis Daigle in the 27th JDC, she became a felony prosecutor with the St. Landry Parish District Attorney's Office in 2007. She is also the office's Chief Appellate Attorney. In 2013, she joined the law firm of Babineaux, Poche, Anthony & Slavich as an associate practicing primarily in Labor and Employment Law, Business Law, Commercial Litigation, and Commercial Real Estate. She still maintains both positions and get the best of both worlds.
Her father inspired her to enter the legal field and continues to inspire her on a daily basis. She says, “He was a well-respected attorney who possessed many amazing qualities as not only an attorney but as a friend and father as well. For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to follow in his footsteps and practice law. He was a well-respected, compassionate, yet assertive individual that possessed qualities I strive to emulate in my lifetime.” He passed away suddenly when she was a junior in high school, which had a major impact on her wish to follow his passion and respect for the law through his work.
When she is not in the office, Jennifer enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing tennis, and simply enjoying all that our South Louisiana culture has to offer. Being a true Southern girl at heart, her favorite meal is boiled crawfish, followed by a close second of "Sticky Chicken," (also referred to as “Smothered Chicken”).
Inns of Court – Member
2018 Mock Trial Committee Chair
Jennifer's Typical Day
“A typical day involves getting up early to drink a cup of coffee and relax before the hectic day begins. Then I get our 3-year-old daughter ready for ‘school' and drop her off before heading to either my Lafayette or Opelousas office first. My day depends on whether I am in court that day, have an oral argument in Lake Charles, etc. After work I used to head to the gym or to play tennis, but I am currently 7 months pregnant with twins, so my after-work routine has changed a bit. And in about 2 1/2 months, my typical day is going to change drastically!”
Advice for New Attorneys
“My advice to new attorneys is to find an area of practice for which you are passionate. Too many times you hear of attorneys who burn out and become disenchanted with the law and their practice. If you feel like you are getting burned out, talk to someone about it, take a step back and decide if you are in the wrong area of practice, if you need a vacation, etc. Also, always be prepared and courteous!! It makes things so much easier and pleasant.”