Member Spotlight: Adam Credeur
Get to know LBA Member and Tennis Tournament Committee Chair Adam Credeur
About Adam Credeur
Adam R. Credeur is from Lafayette, Louisiana. He is an attorney at the Law Offices of Kenneth W. DeJean, focusing on auto accidents, maritime work and mass tort litigation, which includes Multidistrict Litigation (MDL), class actions, defective medical devices and drugs, data breach claims and unpaid wage loss claims. A large portion of the firm's practice is in federal court.
Adam is also a member of the Lafayette Bar Association, where he is the Tennis Tournament Committee Chair for the Young Lawyers Section. He graduated from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2009 with a B.S.B.A. in Petroleum Land Management. From there, he went on to Southern University Law Center, graduating in 2013.
During law school, Adam combined his experience as an independent petroleum landman, his undergraduate degree and his future law degree with the intent of one day obtaining a job as an in-house landman at an exploration and production company. He searched for his dream job upon earning his degree, but those dreams were put on hold:
“I was all set up to do just that when I graduated from law school in 2013. However, I quickly ran into two small problems: 1) I could not find a job, and 2) apparently Uncle Sam still expected me to pay back my student loans. Turns out, the lack of employment opportunities in the oil and gas industry at that time was a blessing in disguise for me. Fortunately, I was able to eventually land a job at the Law Offices of Kenneth W. DeJean and I've never looked back.”
Every year for the past five years (2013-2017), Adam has been the recipient of the Associate of the Year Award at the Law Offices of Kenneth W. DeJean. [Editor's Note: Adam would also like to point out that he was the only associate at the firm during this time period] Adam has also served on two different organization/section boards; he has served on the Lafayette Education Foundation's board as a board member and Teacher Awards Committee Chair. He is also an active member of the Lafayette Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, where he currently serves as the Tennis Tournament Committee Chair and a member of the Golf Tournament Committee. Adam was also editor of the Law Review while studying at Southern University; his article “Haynesville Shale: Those frackin' Alt. Wells” was published in the February 2013 issue of Around the Bar, the magazine of the Baton Rouge Bar Association.
You might be surprised to learn that Adam practices with both his step-dad, Ken DeJean (or as he sometimes calls him, “step-dadBoss”), and his step-sister, Natalie DeJean. He also considers DeJean as someone who inspires him. “His [Ken's] work ethic, integrity and professionalism are unmatched. I have learned a great deal from him in my young career.”
What's a typical day like for Adam? “I wake up at 4:30 and get to the gym around 5am. After working out, eating breakfast and getting ready for work, I arrive at the office around 7am. Typically, by this time, Ken has already been at the office for at least an hour and is right in the middle of a strong coffee-high. On the rare occasion that I do beat Ken to the office in the morning, I make sure to remind him of it. If I'm lucky, I leave the office around 6pm. Eat, sleep and repeat.”
If you're lucky enough to catch Adam on a weekend that he's not attending a wedding, you can find him spending time at Cypremort Point, searching for ducks in Pecan Island (during the winter), or enjoying his favorite movie (The Sandlot) or meal, which is anything his mom cooks. He's also an avid fan of the Ragin Cajuns, Houston Astros and News Orleans Saints. You can also find him on the tennis court, specifically Saturday, July 21, 2018, for the Young Lawyers Section Tennis Tournament.
“The 2nd Annual Young Lawyers Section's tennis tournament will be on Saturday, July 21st this year at Red's and is open to everyone (not just lawyers). Thanks to our generous sponsors, committee members and the LBA staff, we hope to continue the success that the tournament experienced in its inaugural year. The entry fee is only $40/person and that includes at least two matches, a tournament t-shirt and plenty of food and refreshing beverages. I encourage everyone to register for the tournament and support the Young Lawyers.”
Although still early in his career, Adam has the following advice for current and future attorneys: “You won't always be the smartest lawyer in the room, but you should always strive to be the most prepared. Also, if you don't already have one, find a hobby and make friends with non-lawyers. You don't always want to talk about the law or your job. You need an escape from it.”