Operations Committee

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George M. Pierson – Chairman

George Pierson is a native of Baton Rouge and 1976 graduate of Louisiana State University School of Law. He has practiced with a specialization in the field of real estate law and title insurance and currently is a sole practitioner operating under the name of Pierson Settlement & Title Services. From 1994 until 2000, he was Vice President and Regional Manager for The Security Title Guarantee Corporation of Baltimore for the states of Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. He is a Past–President of the Louisiana Land Title Association and the recipient of the “Title Man of the Year” Award for 1999 and 2000. Now an inactive Rotarian, George was President of the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge Sunrise.

George is a longstanding volunteer on the LSBA’s Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and has dedicated decades of direct service to JLAP by Monitoring individuals, organizing and maintaining local support groups for the benefit of JLAP participants in the Baton Rouge area, and by serving in various capacities on JLAP’s Boards and Committees.

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Remy J. Donnelly

Remy J. Donnelly is a partner with Jones Walker L.L.P.  He has a business and commercial transaction practice.  He represents owners, borrowers, lenders, landlords, tenants, sellers, and purchasers in a wide range of industries, including real estate development, warehousing, oil and gas exploration and development, river transportation services, manufacturing, banking, healthcare, utility services, and professional services.  His current practice has a focus on real estate and general business transactions and includes working on and handling various commercial contracts, commercial finance transactions, commercial real estate acquisitions and sales, oil and gas transactions and commercial lease transactions for office buildings, shopping centers, ground leases and industrial sites.  He is also a licensed title insurance agent in Louisiana and member of the Louisiana Land Title Association.  He graduated from Louisiana State University with a B. S. degree in Biochemistry in 1999 and a Master’s in Business Administration in 2001.  He received his J.D. degree in 2006 from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He was a member of Loyola New Orleans Journal of Public Interest Law.   Remy has been a volunteer on the LSBA’s Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and has served as a JLAP Monitor.

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Madeleine Landrieu

Madeleine Landrieu currently serves as a judge on the Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit of Louisiana.  She previously served as a judge on the trial court in Civil District Court in New Orleans.

Prior to her election to the Bench, Judge Landrieu had an extensive litigation practice.  She served on the IOLTA grants committee of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and on the Board of New Orleans Pro Bono Project, serving as Chair in 1996.  She is honored to have received the Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award from the New Orleans Association of Women Attorneys and the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center’s Public Service Award.

During her tenure in the judiciary, Judge Landrieu has served on the Supreme Court’s Ethics Advisory Committee, the Executive Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Board of the Louisiana Judicial College.  She served as President of the District Judges Association in 2009 and as President of the Judicial College in 2011.  In 2009, Judge Landrieu received the President’ Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association.

Judge Landrieu currently serves as Chair of the Board of Covenant House, New Orleans, a  non-profit agency that serves homeless youth; and, she is a founding Board Member of the Louisiana Institute for Children in Families, an organization that works to remove the policy barriers that prevent children in foster care from knowing the love of a permanent, forever family.

Judge Landrieu is a graduate of Loyola University Law School.


Ivan Lemelle

Senior Judge Lemelle, a native of Opelousas, La., came to New Orleans in 1967 to attend Xavier University of Louisiana.  He graduated with honors from Xavier in 1971 and Loyola University School of Law in 1974. During law school, he held law clerkships with Judge Robert F. Collins, New Orleans Legal Assistance Corp. (NOLAC), Thierry & Gerdes (successor to Tureaud & Morial firm), and Fifth Army Judge Advocate General Corps in San Antonio, TX.

After law school, Lemelle practiced as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans, then as member of Douglas, Nabonne & Wilkerson law firm, and with additional service as Assistant City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. From October 3, 1984 to 1998, he was U.S. Magistrate Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. That appointment made him the first African American United States Magistrate Judge in Louisiana federal courts and only the sixth in the Nation. In 1998, President Clinton appointed Lemelle to the position of United States District Judge.   He attained Senior Judge status in June 2015.

He has enjoyed service with numerous civic, fraternal and professional organizations; a sampling of that service includes the following:  First Vice-Chair  of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous, Inc. as Class A Trustee (nonalcoholic);   Vice-Chair of Board for Alcoholics Anonymous Grapevine, Inc.;  Board of Trustees for Xavier University of Louisiana; President of District Judges Association for the U. S. Fifth Circuit; American Bar Association Standing Committee on Diversity in the Judiciary; The Federal Judicial Center’s Advisory Committee for the Guide to Judicial Management of Cases in Alternate Dispute Resolution;  President of the Loyola College of Law-Thomas More Inn of Court;  Visiting Committee Board for Loyola College of Law;  Treasurer of Amistad Research Center’s Executive Board;  Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter Board of Directors; Trustee on the American Inns of Court Foundation Board;  Board of Reconcile New Orleans, Inc. d/b/a Café Reconcile-a nonprofit committed to addressing  generational poverty, violence and neglect in the New Orleans area, specifically “at risk” young adults; Federal Bar Association Bench Bar Committee; Sigma Pi Phi and Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternities. For his professional and community services, Senior Judge Lemelle has received numerous honors and awards too numerous to mention here.


Timothy S. Marcel

Judge Timothy S. Marcel presides over Division “E” of the 29th Judicial District Court in St. Charles Parish, and currently serves as the court’s chief judge. The 29th Judicial District is a court of general jurisdiction where Judge Marcel presides over criminal, civil, juvenile, and domestic law dockets. In addition, he serves as presiding judge over the 29th Judicial District Juvenile Drug Treatment Court.

Judge Marcel serves on the Operations Committee of the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program and the Louisiana District Judges Association Access to Justice Committee. Judge Marcel is a member of the Louisiana Judges Association, LSBA Committee on Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Louisiana Bar Foundation, and Fifth Circuit Judges Association. Additionally, Judge Marcel is a member and past- resident of the St. Charles Bar Association.

Before taking the bench, Judge Marcel was an attorney in private practice in Luling, Louisiana for seventeen years. During this time, he served as a member of the St. Charles Parish Indigent Defenders’ Board of Directors, and was a volunteer instructor on wills and successions for the St. Charles Parish Community Education Program. In the community, Judge Marcel is a member of the St. Charles Parish Rotary Club. He formerly served on boards of directors for various non-profit agencies, including the St. Charles Council for Prevention of Child Abuse, St. Charles Council on Aging, the Center for Family and Youth Services, and the United Way of St. Charles.

Judge Marcel graduated from Nicholls State University in 1991 and the Paul M.Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 1996.

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Donald C. Massey

Donald “Don” Massey is General Counsel and Chief Legal Officer for Delta SubSea, LLC, which specializes in deep-water, subsea construction and ROV operations. Based in the Conroe, TX area, Delta SubSea is a multinational group of companies, with operations spanning the globe, from Trinidad and the South Atlantic, to Canada, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific Rim and China.  Don is based in New Orleans.

In addition, Don is Of Counsel with Couhig Partners, where he maintains an active business and litigation practice, focused on product liability, motor carrier and class action/ complex litigation.  Don is often First Chair for cases in multiple jurisdictions. He has a broad range of civil and criminal trial experience and has served as liaison counsel in multiple major class action/mass tort cases. He has also had appellate experience in all Louisiana appellate courts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Also, Don has been called upon by Courts to serve in Special Master and Court Compliance Officer roles in class action and complex litigation

Don is a longtime volunteer and active contributor to efforts carried out by the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. He has been a Chairman of the LSBA’s Committee on Alcohol and Drug Abuse and also chairman of LAP’s Board of Directors.  Presently, he serves on the JLAP Board of Directors and JLAP Operating Committee.

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John Pace

John Jewell Pace is the founder and principal attorney at the law office of John Jewell Pace, APLC, a Baton Rouge law firm serving individuals throughout southern Louisiana in the areas of personal injury and criminal defense. John J. Pace has been practicing law in Louisiana for over 30 years and has achieved numerous successes for his clients, including a $750 million class action settlement to compensate farmers injured by the release of a strain of genetically-modified (GMO) rice that infiltrated their crops. In addition to amassing a respectable record of verdicts and settlements that speaks for itself, John Pace has obtained other notable distinctions in the field of civil litigation. John is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College class of 2010. The Spence College was founded by famed trial lawyer Gerry Spence to enhance the skills of civil litigators through intensive professional education. John Pace was also selected among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only organization limited to the top 100 civil trial lawyers in the state. John J. Pace is a lawyer who truly believes in his clients’ causes and will stop at nothing in the pursuit of real justice. Financial recovery, liberty and health are serious issues that require a serious attorney and a commitment to providing the best representation possible in every case.


Douglas J. Saloom

Judge Douglas J. Saloom has served on the City Court of Lafayette, Division “B” since 1995.  He was recently re-elected unopposed to his 4th full term in office.  Before that, Judge Saloom practiced criminal defense and general civil law with the law firm of Saloom and Saloom.  Judge Saloom has a B.S. degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana) in Lafayette, Louisiana (1982) and his Juris Doctorate from the Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana (1985).

Judge Saloom currently serves as the Legislative Chairman of the Louisiana City Judges Association.  Judge Saloom is a member of the Louisiana Judicial College, Board of Governors.  The LJC is responsible for the continuing education of Judges in the State of Louisiana.  He has also been appointed by the Chair of the Louisiana City Judges Association to be the Association’s liaison to the Judges/Lawyers Assistance Program (JLAP).

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Buddy Stockwell

Buddy grew up in the small town of New Roads located on False River in in Pointe Coupee Parish. He earned a BS in Management from LSU in 1989 and a JD from LSU in 1993. Buddy was also an enlisted man in the US NAVY and served on a Guided Missile Destroyer, and he is also a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain. Post-law school, Buddy opened a solo practice in Baton Rouge after a few years at other firms. He focused heavily on domestic litigation. In 2004, Buddy sold his Baton Rouge law office, home and vehicles and he and his wife, Melissa, moved aboard a large catamaran and sailed the seas for six years.

His tenure as JLAP’s Executive Director began January 1, 2011, and in 2012 he was awarded LSBA President’s Award for his exemplary service. Buddy is a Certified Clinical Interventionist through “Love First” training at the Betty Ford Center and has personally been in recovery from alcoholism for over thirty years. He is always on call and works nonstop with bar applicants, lawyers, judges, and their family members who are need of assistance. Buddy has also earned 121 hours of accredited study in substance abuse counseling.