Royce Duplessis is a practicing attorney with the majority of his practice in plaintiff’s civil litigation. Royce attended Xavier University where he earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduating in 2004. It was after Hurricane Katrina that Royce immersed himself in rebuilding his community, serving as chief of staff to former New Orleans City Councilmember James Carter.
He then moved to Washington, D.C. to attend Howard University School of Law, where he founded the Howard Energy and Environmental Law Society to advocate for environmental justice. He also worked as an intern at the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Council on Environmental Quality. After serving as a law clerk for Judge Thomas J. Motley on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Royce returned home to New Orleans to practice energy law with a multinational law firm.
A local Louisiana native and dedicated servant to his community, Royce’s practice is primarily focused on fighting for his clients during their most difficult times. Along with his political and community service, he believes in the responsibility and importance that comes with being an attorney.
- 2010 — Juris Doctor from Howard University School of Law, Washington D.C.
- 2004 — Bachelor of Arts, Xavier University of Louisiana, New Orleans, Louisiana
- Louisiana State Senator for District 5 — 2022
- Represented District 93 in the Louisiana House of Representatives — 2018-2022
- Chairman of the New Orleans City Planning Commission
- Special counsel for former Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court Bernette Johnson
- Law clerk for Judge Thomas J. Motley on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia
- Chief of staff to former New Orleans City Councilmember James Carter
Boards & Committees
- Board of the Innocence Project
- Governor’s Council on the Success of Black Men and Boys
- Orleans Parish Democratic Executive Committee — 2014
- Co-founder and past president of the A.P. Tureaud, Sr. Legacy Committee
- Past president of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc.
Awards & Acknowledgements
2023 Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice Awardee
- 2022 Mondale-Brooke Award, Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
- 2021 Legislator of the Year, Louisiana Center for Development and Learning
- 2021 Fellow, E Pluribus Unum Fund
- 2019 Legislator of the Year, Childcare Association of Louisiana
- 2017 Fellow; Leadership Award Recipient, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute
- Honored as one of Xavier University of Louisiana’s 2015 40 Under 40
- 2016 Fellow, Education Leadership Institute
- 2014 Fellow, New Leaders Council
Areas of Practice
- Plaintiff’s civil litigation
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