Hello, I’m Stephen Haedicke, a lawyer who focuses on representing individuals in complex litigation in federal and state court.
I often meet clients at low points in their lives, when they’ve been injured, arrested, or mistreated. When you are in that situation, you need to know your lawyer is capable, dedicated, and on point. If you’re ever in that kind of spot, I can be that kind of lawyer for you.
I think the highest calling of a lawyer is to represent individuals against unfair situations and abuses of power. That’s what I do.
I’m approaching twenty years in the practice of law. In 2001, I graduated with honors from Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago, where I was in the top 10% of my class. I then worked for judges at the Federal Court of Appeals in Chicago as a staff attorney, with a docket of mostly civil rights and criminal cases.
After that, I spent time defending criminal cases in Athens, Georgia, where I worked in the Public Defender’s Office, which also serves as the legal clinic for the University of Georgia Law School. Immediately after Hurricane Katrina, my wife and I moved back to my native Louisiana, where I worked at one of the region’s largest law firms, Jones Walker in New Orleans. I continued practicing criminal defense at the firm, but my real passion is in representing people and not big companies. So I left the firm and started my own practice.
Today I have a diverse practice involving litigation in both federal and state court. I often take on difficult civil rights cases involving official misconduct, but my civil rights work also extends to discrimination and First Amendment cases. I have also represented police officers in civil service hearings. I’m proud to fight in court for those who can’t fight for themselves.
I also practice criminal defense, and have defended individuals charged with everything from white collar fraud to first degree murder. My clients have included politicians, business people, companies, and ordinary folks caught in a difficult spot.
I am regularly asked to appear at conferences regarding criminal defense and civil rights, and have delivered training presentations to groups such as the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I have taught trial advocacy at Tulane University Law School and been honored as one of the top 100 criminal lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association. From 2018 to 2020, I will be the national Chair of the Civil Rights Section of the Federal Bar Association.