Compassion without compromise

Mother, Lawyer, Consultant, Citizen

Local attorney and business consultant, Atoundra Pierre Lawson, announces her candidacy for judge of the 40th Judicial District Court, Division A. She has been a nearly life-long resident of St. John the Baptist Parish growing up in Edgard, Louisiana and graduating from West St. John High School. After high school, Ms. Pierre Lawson graduated from the University of Louisiana (formerly USL) and earned her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center. Immediately following law school, Ms. Pierre Lawson served as the judicial law clerk for the 40th Judicial District Court. She became a Public Defender for St. John and St. Charles parishes while also maintaining a private practice in Luling, Louisiana. While working as a trial lawyer in both criminal and civil cases, she was recognized for her public service with a “Pro Bono Publico” award from the St. Charles Parish Bar association. Her eventful legal career continued as she worked for the Honorable Judge Madeline Jasmine. Along with Judge Jasmine, Ms. Pierre Lawson helped found the 40th Judicial District Court Adult Drug Court Program. 


Her work with the local drug court program led to a position at the national level giving Ms. Pierre Lawson the opportunity to travel across the United States visiting local judicial districts. She was able to teach dozens of judges how to design and operate drug court programs in their states. Her work with drug courts continued during her tenure as a division director for Prince George’s County Maryland’s District Court system where she worked with judges spending countless hours in chambers assisting them. 


Using her legal training in a different capacity, Ms. Pierre Lawson worked with international organizations as a legal compliance officer on four continents helping nonprofit organizations in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America apply complicated U.S. regulations. She started her own consulting practice in 2018, United Parity Consulting, LLC and currently serves clients in the River Parishes as an attorney specializing in successions and estate planning. After twenty years as a licensed attorney and with experience spanning the entire world, Ms. Pierre Lawson enters the race for judge well equipped to maintain the legacy of excellence established by the retiring incumbent.