Meet Richard R. Kennedy

Richard Kennedy is recognized as one of Louisiana's preeminent personal injury trial attorneys. He has recovered multi-million dollar judgments and settlements for clients during his 50-plus year legal career.

Richard is member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The College is limited to just one percent of the Bar. Lafayette has more than 1,000 attorneys and of that number only 7 attorneys are members of the College. In 1980, he became Louisiana's first attorney to be certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Law.  He is listed as in the Top 100 Trial Lawyers for 2010, 2011, and 2012 by The American Trial Lawyers Association.

He holds the highest rating-AV- given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. Richard also is a Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the practice areas of​AdmiraltyIMaritime Law, Personal Injury, Civil Trial Practice, and Appellate Practice.

Richard graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana at Lafayette (B.A. 1962 summa cum laude) and from Tulane Law School (J.D. 1965 with honors). He was a recipient of Tulane Law School's Academic Scholarship. He was a member of the Moot Court Board and the winner of the law school's Moot Court Competition. After graduating from law school, he was a law clerk for the Honorable Richard J. Putnam of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. Richard also served in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Captain in the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

In 1965, Richard was admitted to the Louisiana bar. He is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, and the U.S. District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. He has tried cases in state and federal courts outside of Louisiana.

Richard Kennedy always kept me informed along the way. They make sure you fully comprehend everything and take the time to answer questions and concerns. They are also protective of you, not just during depositions but the entire process.

Richard is a member of the Maritime Association of the United States, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, American Board of Trial Advocates, the American College of Barristers (Senior Counsel), American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Master of the Bench in the American Inns of Court, Master of the Bench in the Acadiana and the John M. Duht Inns of Court (Emeritus), and the Outstanding Lawyers of American (membership is limited to 100 attorneys in each state and the District of Columbia).

He is a Faculty Member of the Keenan Trial Institute.  He previously served as a faculty member at Louisiana State University Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program (1990-2007).  He continues to lecture at L.S.U. Law School and numerous Bar Association programs on trial advocacy, personal injury, maritime personal injury, and other topics.  On September 8th of 2016, Richard was inducted into the Lafayette Parish Bar Association Hall of Fame. 

Richard practices in the state and federal courts in the areas of maritime personal injury and wrongful death involving offshore and inland water accidents involving any type of vessel, helicopter accidents, motor vehicle, motorcycle, truck, and wrongful death accidents.

Areas of Practice

  • Maritime Personal injury
  • Motor Vehicle, Truck, Motorcycle Accidents
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful death
  • Brain Injury


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The Law Offices of Richard R. Kennedy

Richard R. Kennedy and Richard R. Kennedy III can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve after a personal injury. Our attorneys have been recognized by:

  • Super Lawyers®
  • The American Board of Trial Advocates
  • The National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell® (AV Preeminent® Rating)

You can schedule a consultation at our office in Lafayette, LA, by contacting us online or by calling (337) 232-1934.

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