November 13, 2019
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Taylor Porter Partner and Executive Committee Member Mike Walsh was featured in the Baton Rouge Bar Association E-Newsletter "Member Spotlight" Q&A. Walsh discusses his legal career, community activity, and his alternative career paths if he did not pursue his legal practice.
Walsh has more than 35 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in Alcoholic Beverage Licensing and Related Enforcement Issues, Antitrust Law, Civil Litigation, Construction, Criminal Defense, Environmental Law, Family Law, Healthcare, Professional Legal Responsibility, Ethics and Disciplinary Proceedings, and Public Records Law.
Below is the BRBA feature on Walsh.
Michael S. Walsh
BRBA: Tell us about your education.
During my senior year in high school, I enlisted in the Army. After graduation, I went on Active Duty with the Army and graduated from the US Army Military Police School. After the Army, I came to LSU for undergrad. I graduated LSU and LSU Law School.
BRBA: Where are you from?
BRBA: Where and what type of law do you practice?
Mostly Criminal law and civil litigation. I still do some family court work because, believe it or not, I still enjoy it.
BRBA: Why did you want to become an attorney?
I did not plan on being an attorney. I went to law school specifically so I would qualify to become an FBI agent. Senior year of law school, I failed the eye examination so I became a lawyer.
BRBA: If you were not practicing law, what would be your alternate profession?
Mississippi River Bar Pilot – steering the oceangoing ships into the Port of New Orleans.
BRBA: What is one thing you wish you would have known before you went to law school?
I wish I had gotten a technical undergrad degree in either Accounting or Engineering.
BRBA: Are you involved with the BRBA? If so, how?
Yes, I teach CLE for the BRBA and like to attend the various bar events – Belly Up, Bench Bar and the bar lunches.
BRBA: What motivated you to become involved with the BRBA?
When I was finishing law school, I decided to stay in Baton Rouge and practice law. I knew almost no lawyers in Baton Rouge and I figured if I was going to be a lawyer then joining the BRBA was the first step. I have been a member of BRBA since I was sworn in.
BRBA: What is your favorite BRBA activity or event?
Belly Up to the Bar
BRBA: Are you involved with any other organizations or causes?
I am involved with the Louisiana Associate of Criminal Defense Lawyers & Louisiana Associate of Defense Counsel.
BRBA: What is the best piece of advice you have received?
“It is a round world. What goes around comes around. Be nice to everyone.” I teach at the LSU Law School and constantly tell my students – be nice to everyone. One day you are going to need a favor.
BRBA: What are your leisure activities?
I like to saltwater fish down at my camp at Bayou Dularge. I also enjoy traveling with my recently retired wife.
BRBA: What is the last book that you read?
“Into the Raging Sea . . . the Sinking of the El Faro.” The SS El Faro was a United States cargo ship that sailed into a hurricane and sunk taking the lives of 33 souls.
BRBA: Tell us something interesting about yourself.
I am a good plumber. During my summers in high school, I worked for Jay Jalenak’s dad who owned a mechanical engineering business. I learned all about plumbing and air conditioning repair. I am forever grateful for learning those skills.