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Member Spotlight: William Keaty II

Get to know LBA Member William Keaty II
About William A. Keaty II
 
William “Will” A. Keaty II grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana, but attended high school just outside of Washington D.C. and college in New England. After college, he lived in Colorado during his early 30's. Will graduated with a B.S. in Psychology from Boston College and received his J.D. from Southern University Law Center. He currently mostly practices Family Law within his firm, Keaty & Tilly, Attorneys at Law, however his other areas of practice also include Estate Planning and Successions and some Personal Injury.
 
He was inspired to enter the legal field after observing his mother, Hon. Phyllis Keaty, in her courtroom when he was a child. “I used to sit in my mom's, Hon. Phyllis Keaty, courtroom watching attorneys helping and making a difference in their client's lives and I wanted to do that. So, I went to Law School and took the Bar Exam so I could practice being a Family Law Attorney.” Others who have inspired him during his career include Judge Paul deMahy, for whom Will clerked for over a two-year period, and Gay Babin, who helped him start his practice and still helps him to this day.
 
 When he is not in the office, Will enjoys bring in the woods, at his camp, or in the blind. Spoken like a true outdoorsman, he says that the three things he cannot live without are “water, food, and a good knife.” You may be surprised to know that six months prior to entering law school, he lived in a camper trailer with his brother-in-law in Pas Christian, Mississippi, rebuilding the community after Hurricane Katrina.
 
Awards/Positions Held
Southern University Inns of Court 2008 2009
Inns on the Tech 2009 -2012
Family and Divorce Mediation Certified - July 2014
Justice of the Peace, Ward 4, Vermilion Parish, January 1, 2015 to present
Vice President of the Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association 2017
President of the Family Law Section of the Lafayette Bar Association 2018
 
Favorite Book
One of my favorite books was "The Spear of Destiny" by Trevor Ravenscroft
 
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