From 2007 to 2009 I contracted with Stewart Title Guaranty Company and was responsible for analyzing, processing, addressing and working to resolve claims where a policy of real estate title insurance had been issued and there were outstanding unresolved real estate title issues on properties in Louisiana that placed the marketability of the real estate in question.
From 1990 to 2007 I owned and served as the senior legal counsel and chief executive officer of RE/Source Partners, Inc. [successor to Strategic Mortgage Services of Louisiana, Inc., a licensee of SMS (formerly TRW)], a statewide and multi-state real estate settlement, title insurance and appraisal services company. I managed department heads and oversaw the handling of an array and severity of business operation issues ranging from the routine of enforcing company policies to addressing the more severe issues of customer service complaints and employee complaints including sexual harassment. I was responsible for all fiscal matters. I established and implemented the company mission and philosophies, and managed department heads who oversaw 35 company employees and 80+ subcontractors. I was responsible for the development and maintenance of proprietary software, automation systems, and other intellectual properties used in operating the company. In addition, I monitored and adjusted the business operations utilizing data analysis programs to produce analytical and statistical reports regarding the company operations which included a cost analysis of the company on a by-location and by-department basis
Prior to 1990 I engaged in the private practice as an attorney as a sole practitioner and through a professional law corporation, Richard Reynolds & Associates, APLC; I also worked as a part-time Attorney with the District Attorney’s Office St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana; as Attorney for the Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Service as part-time Instructor for Delgado Community College, New Orleans, Louisiana.
I previously published a piece of regular legal advice and informative article entitled “The Barrister’s Corner” in a public monthly publication entitled The Northshore Journal.
I have served as Former Director, Title/Appraisal Vendor Management Association (TAVMA); Former Director, The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation, Inc.; Former Director, The Tchefuncte River Foundation, Inc.; Former President, Covington Rotary Club; Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary International; Former Member, Board of Directors, Covington Rotary Club; Campaign Manager for Louisiana State Senate Candidate and recipient of The NOLA Voice Talent Foundation MVP Award-2016.
I have served as Former Director, Boy Scouts of America, Troop 110; Former Director, Alpha House, Associated Catholic Charities; Former Director, River Forest Academy School; and Former Treasurer, River Forest Homeowners Association
I attended Southern Methodist University, Dallas Texas. I graduated from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and graduated from Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana with a Juris Doctor degree.
I am licensed to practice law in Louisiana (1978), Mississippi (2004), Tennessee (2004) and Texas (2004). I am also a licensed Notary Public, licensed Real Estate Broker, a licensed Life, Health, Accident Insurance Producer and a licensed Building Construction Contractor. I am experienced as an administrator, manager, practising attorney and legal and business counsellor.
I maintain a private legal practice wherein I provide legal and ethical advice and counsel for businesses and individuals according to their legal needs within my primary practice areas of business practices, profit and nonprofit; real estate, estate planning, probate, regulatory, administrative, entertainment and general civil law. I serve as a business and legal adviser to business entities on issues involving human relations, employee contracts, third-party contracts, intellectual property, business structure and regulatory compliance.
Since 2007, I have worked as a contracted Hearing Officer (Administrative Law Judge), for the Louisiana Gaming Control Board, to preside in a fair and ethical manner over public regulatory administrative enforcement and licensing hearings on cases involving matters that question the qualification and/or suitability of persons and businesses to hold a gaming license or permit in Louisiana. I make findings of fact based upon the evidence submitted at the hearings and apply applicable law and ethics to the factual circumstances. I rule and render decisions based on my determination of one’s suitability and/or qualification under the Louisiana Gaming Control Act to possess a gaming license or permit in Louisiana with written reasons in support of my decision. I perform the legal services of Hearing Officer pursuant to Louisiana law and the established Standards of Conduct for Hearing Officers.