Darrel J. Papillion is a prominent Louisiana trial lawyer who handles complex, multi-party, commercial and other contested cases. Mr. Papillion has extensive trial experience and has been appointed to serve as Special Master in a number of high-profile commercial disputes. Most recently, he was hired as co-counsel with the Perkins Coie, LLP firm in Johnson v. Kyle Ardoin, 3:18-cv-00625 (La.M.D. 6/13/18), a Voting Rights Act challenge to Louisiana’s 2011 congressional districts. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 1999, he practiced at McGlinchey Stafford, a national defense firm, representing multinational corporations and insurers in products liability and casualty actions in state and federal court.
Mr. Papillion is actively involved in the Louisiana legal community. He has served as an officer or as a board member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He served as the 2016-2017 President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, an association with more than 19,000 attorney-members. He is a Past-President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and he is a former President of the Wex Malone Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is a former member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, and the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice. He was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Committee to study lawyer advertising in Louisiana, is a former Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics Advisory Service, and served on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana’s Magistrate Selection Committee. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. In 2005, he received the Louisiana State Bar Association's Michaelle Pitard Wynn Professionalism Award. He is also Past-President of the 500+ member Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, the fifth largest Rotary Club in the world.
Mr. Papillion has served as an adjunct law professor at Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center for nearly 15 years and was appointed by Chancellor Jack Weiss of the LSU Law Center to Chair the Law Center’s Diversity Task Force.
Mr. Papillion is routinely invited to speak at seminars for other lawyers on a wide variety of issues throughout the state and country. Some of his recent seminars include federal jurisdiction and procedure, insurance litigation issues, and recent developments in civil law and litigation. He has published articles in the Louisiana Law Review, the Louisiana Bar Journal, and other legal publications.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Papillion is very involved in the community. He and his family are parishioners at St. George Catholic Church, and he has served on the boards of a number of state and local organizations, including Teach for America, Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, and the LPB Foundation. In 2006, he was named one of Baton Rouge's Top 40 Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report.
Mr. Papillion is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A., 1990) and the Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Louisiana State University (J.D., 1994). He is a former law clerk to Catherine D. Kimball, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Mr. Papillion is a founding member of the law firm Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, a premier Louisiana law firm.