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Lawrence E. Chehardy


Lawrence E. ChehardyLawrence Chehardy is one of the founding members of the firm. For thirty-four years, Lawrence Chehardy also served as the Assessor of Jefferson Parish, and was the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws. Mr. Chehardy has testified before numerous legislative committees regarding property tax laws and property tax exemptions.

During his years as Assessor, Lawrence Chehardy served as President, Vice-president, and Treasurer of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association. He also served on numerous boards and committees of the association. In addition to speaking to numerous local organizations and civic groups, Mr. Chehardy has also been a guest speaker at the American Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education Seminar for lawyers as well as the International Association of Assessing Officers’ continuing education seminars.

His career spans four decades and Mr. Chehardy has been responsible for significant legislation on numerous occasions. For example, he is the principal architect of post-Katina and post-Rita legislation that insures that property owners whose property was damaged as a result of these hurricanes would not be unfairly taxed on the full value of their property but rather on the value of their property in its damaged condition. This legislation has helped significantly with the rebirth and revitalization of those areas devastated by the storms by reducing the property tax burden in those areas.

Outside of his legal and tax career, Mr. Chehardy has extensive knowledge of politics, political campaigning, and the political process, and has been instrumental in the election of numerous candidates through endorsements as well as campaign strategy.

  • Education:

    Loyola University - B.B.A., 1974; J.D., 1977, Beta Alpha Psi; Delta Theta Psi

  • Noteworthy Experience:
    • Jefferson Parish Assessor 1977-2010
    • Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Commission, elected 2016
  • Licenses:
    • Admitted to the Bar, 1977, Louisiana
    • Admitted to Practice:
    • United States Supreme Court
    • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
    • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Professional Organizations & Memberships:
    • Jefferson Parish and Louisiana State Bar Associations
    • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
    • International Association of Assessing Officers 1977-2010
    • Louisiana Assessor's Association, President, 1998
  • Awards & Accolades:
    • Jefferson Chamber’s 2010 Community Leader of the Year award
    • CityBusiness 2012 and 2015 Leadership in Law awards
  • Community & Civic Involvement:
    • Co-Captain of the Krewe of Argus which parades on Mardi Gras Day in Metairie
    • Lawrence and his wife are also volunteers with the New Orleans chapter of Susan G. Komen which is committed to ending breast cancer forever
    • Past director of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation
    • Past member of the Governor’s Transition Committee on Fiscal Matters (2015)
  • Publications & Published Works:
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