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JACK DAMPF. WENDY EDWARDS. JODY THIBAUT. JOHN AYDELL.

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Our mission at Dampf, Edwards, Thibaut & Aydell, LLC is to provide quality legal counsel to our clients. We emphasize communication with our clients, persistent advocacy, and attention to all aspects of their case. We have a reputation for thoroughness and preparedness that is widely recognized and respected in the legal community. We work together with the client to achieve the most beneficial outcome. Our attorneys take their responsibilities seriously, knowing the results we achieve for our clients will have a lasting impact on their lives.

 
 
 

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Jack M. Dampf

Jack M. Dampf is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a graduate of Baton Rouge High School and Tulane University.  After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Tulane, Jack attended LSU Law Center where he received his Juris Doctor.  He was admitted to the practice of law in 1977.   

Jack is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.  He is a Past-President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and is a member of its Family Law Section.  Additionally, Jack has served on the State Board of Legal Specialization and on the House of Delegates to the Louisiana State Bar Association. He also served as Judge Pro Tempore for the East Baton Rouge Parish Family Court in 2011.  Jack was a Charter Member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and is a Member and Master Emeritus of the Dean Henry George McMahon Chapter of the American Inns of Court.  He has also been awarded an “AV Preeminent Rating” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest ranking of legal ability and ethical standards based upon ratings of fellow lawyers as well as judges.

Throughout the years, Jack has an extensive history in handling criminal defense cases, including first degree murder trials and Federal criminal cases; general civil litigation; and representing clients’ business interests. His broad knowledge and experience in family law, which includes divorce, custody, support and the division of community property, has led to him being considered an authority on the subject.  In 2008, Jack assisted in rewriting the Revision to the Louisiana Civil Code Article 112 – Determination of Final Spousal Support and testified in support of same before the Legislature.  Jack has also lectured at LSU Law School on Expert Witnesses in Family Court Cases, as well as, presented various other CLEs on evidence and community property.  He was appointed Special Counsel to the Bankruptcy Trustee and testified on Louisiana’s Community Property Law in Federal Court. 

 
 

 
 

Wendy Edwards

Wendy Edwards is an attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  She is a graduate of Baton Rouge Magnet High School and Millsaps College.  Thereafter, she attended law school at LSU's Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she received her Juris Doctor in June 2003.  Before graduating, she was inducted into the Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity and was awarded an honorary membership to the Wex Malone Chapter of the American Inns of Court based upon her outstanding performance in Trial Advocacy. Wendy was admitted to practice law in Louisiana in October 2003.

During law school, Wendy clerked for Judge William F. Kline, who was then serving on the First Circuit Court of Appeal, pro tempore.  In August 2003, she began clerking for Judge Jennifer Luse, Chief Judge of the Family Court in and for the Parish of East Baton Rouge.  Wendy began practicing in July of 2006.  Her primary concentration is in family law and has argued the merits of the Constitutionality of various issues relating to child custody and visitation. 

Wendy is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association.  With the BRBA, she served on the Board of Directors for two years as an Ex-Officio Member; as President of the Family Law Section for two years, with six years on that Section’s Board; Chair of the Family Law Section's Legislative Improvement Sub-Section; and has been a Member of the BRBA’s Bylaws and Governance Committee.  Currently, she is serving as President of the Louisiana Chapter of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts. She has served on Louisiana’s Protective Order Registry Steering Committee and has lectured extensively on domestic violence issues and the appropriate procedures and tools available to attorneys and their clients regarding Protective Orders and Restraining Orders. 

 
 

 
 

Joseph Major Thibaut, Sr. 

Joseph “Jody” M. Thibaut, Sr. is a resident of New Roads, Louisiana.  He is a graduate of Louisiana State University, where he also received his Juris Doctor.  He was admitted to the practice of law in 1976.

Jody is a member of the 18th Judicial District Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.  He has served the 18th Judicial District as an Assistant District Attorney and is a former Director and Chairman for the 18th Judicial District Indigent Defender Board. Jody also served as a United States Army Reserve Officer.

Jody serves as General Counsel to the Pointe Coupee Parish Health Services District Number One and as Director and General Counsel to Peoples Bancshares of Pointe Coupee Parish and Peoples Bank and Trust Company of Pointe Coupee Parish. In addition to serving as Director and General Counsel to Peoples Bancshares of Pointe Coupee Parish and Peoples Bank and Trust Company of Pointe Coupee Parish, he is also Chairman of the Board and Secretary, respectively. Jody has also served as General Counsel to the Atchafalaya Basin Levee District and Discovery Industries, Inc.

Jody’s primary focus is real estate.  He founded WestPointe Title Company, Inc. in New Roads, Louisiana on July 10, 1995.  At WestPointe Title, Jody handles sales, residential mortgages, construction mortgages, refinances, second mortgages, and commercial real estate transactions for properties located in Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge Parishes.  WestPointe Title Company, Inc. is licensed as a title agency by the Department of Insurance for the State of Louisiana and is an approved agent for First American Title Insurance Corporation. 

 
 

 
 

John P. Aydell, Jr. 

John P. Aydell, Jr. is a native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree from LSU and his Juris Doctor from the LSU Law Center in 1979 and 1983, respectively. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1983.    

John is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.  He has also been admitted to practice in the various federal courts located in the State of Louisiana.  John has practiced extensively in East Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes, more particularly those located in the 18th Judicial District, comprised of the Parishes of Pointe Coupee, West Baton Rouge and Iberville.

John has a broad general practice, with a focus on litigation. This includes criminal law, in which he has tried hundreds of cases. He is also experienced in all aspects of civil law including probate, family law, personal injury and business litigation, of which the latter includes the representation of automobile dealerships.