James P. Doherty III

James P. Doherty III

Lafayette, Louisiana

James P. Doherty III joined Becker & Hebert in June 2014. He is a graduate of the Episcopal School of Acadiana (1990), Georgetown University (B.S. in Business Administration 1994) and Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D. 1998). In 1996, he was the recipient of a Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship.

Prior to joining Becker & Hebert, Mr. Doherty practiced at Voorhies & Labbe and Frederick & Doherty for sixteen years. He has extensive experience in the areas of Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation, Commercial Transactions and Litigation, Construction Law and Litigation, Wills and Successions and Admiralty/Maritime Law.

Mr. Doherty is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts; the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.

Mr. Doherty has served on the boards of and/or been a member of the American Inns of Court (Acadiana Inn), the Lafayette Parish Bar Association Board of Directors, the Episcopal School of Acadiana Board of Trustees, the Cathedral Carmel School Advisory Council, the Georgetown University Admissions Ambassador Program and the Cathedral Carmel School Men's Club.

Mr. Doherty and his wife, Michelle, are the parents of three children, Patrick, Katherine and Michael.

Mr. Doherty's father, the Honorable James P. Doherty, Jr., is a Louisiana state court judge in the 27th JDC, Opelousas, Louisiana.


Areas of Practice

  • 60% Insurance Defense and Coverage Litigation
  • Corporate Litigation and Transactions
  • 10% Wills, Estates, Successions

Litigation Percentage

  • 70% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1998


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1998
    • Honors: Rotary International Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarship
  • Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
    • B.S. - 1994
    • Major: Business Administration

Representative Clients

  • Employers Mutual Casualty Ins. Co.
  • Imperial Fire & Casualty Ins. Co.
  • Electronic, Protection Systems, LLC
  • Air Plus, LLC

Honors and Awards

  • Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholarships, 1995 - 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1998 - Present
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1998 - Present
  • American Inns of Court (Acadiana Inn), Member
  • Cathedral Carmel School Men's Club

Past Employment Positions

  • Frederick & Doherty, Partner, 2006 - 2014
  • Voorhies & Labbe, Associate/Partner, 1998 - 2006

Pro Bono Activities

  • Assistant city-parish attorney handling appeals to the Municipal Employees Civil Service Board
  • Episcopal School of Acadiana Board of Trustees
  • Cathedral Carmel School Advisory Council
  • Georgetown University Admissions Ambassador Program