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Kristine Russell     


Lafourche Parish District Attorney



For your convenience, our office has an Assistant District Attorney available from 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday though Friday to answer your questions, provided that you do not already have an outside attorney representing you.  Please call (985) 447-2003 and ask for the assistant on duty.


The Lafourche Parish District Attorney is the statutory legal advisor to the Parish Government and to all Parish Board and Commissions. In his capacity as legal advisor, the District Attorney works closely with Parish Council and the Parish President to protect the interests of Lafourche Parish. The District Attorney's Office also makes itself available to answer questions and provide legal advice to Parish Boards and Commissions.


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September 27, 2017

To the residents of Lafourche Parish:

It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve as your District Attorney for over fourteen years. During the last year, various health issues, all minor, have caused me to take stock of my life and in turn contemplate how I can best serve the citizens of this parish going forward.

When I sought a third term as District Attorney in 2014, it was because I felt I still had so much to give to the office and this parish. My passion for the job has not changed, but life has a way of forcing you to take a hard look at what you can realistically accomplish when health and age become increasingly important factors in your life.

It is no secret that the office of District Attorney is a demanding one. There are no office hours, and our job extends far beyond the courtroom. There are few aspects of public government with which we are not involved. The people of this parish deserve a District Attorney who can give all of oneself, all of the time.

This has not been an easy decision to make. I have been helped tremendously by my wife, Dana, as well as my family and friends. Their advice has helped me realize that this is the right decision.

Therefore, after much soul-searching, I have decided to step down as District Attorney effective Friday, November 3, 2017. First Assistant Kristine Russell will take over as District Attorney. One thing that has made this decision somewhat easier is knowing that the office will be in the hands of such a skilled and capable leader.

I will remain in the office as an assistant district attorney. I began my career as a public servant over three decades ago as an assistant district attorney and would like to continue my public service as long as I am able. This change will also afford me more time to serve the surrounding area in a more active role with the Lorio foundation, a philanthropic organization I have had the pleasure to work with for many years.

I am immensely appreciative of the trust the residents of Lafourche have placed in me and would like to sincerely thank you all for allowing me to serve.

November 6, 2017



THIBODAUX – Beginning November 14, the Lafourche Parish District Attorney’s Office will provide child support services every Tuesday morning at its Galliano office.

"We need to lessen the burden on parents who live in the South Lafourche community who depend on our office to obtain child support," said District Attorney Kristine Russell. "It may not always be convenient for those who need to meet with our support staff to drive to Thibodaux. We want them to have the option to meet with us in their own community."

The District Attorney’s satellite office is located adjacent to the Lafourche Parish public library in the Tarpon Heights shopping center. Child support personnel will staff the Galliano office every Tuesday morning from 9 a.m. to noon.