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Maria Boudreaux Dugas was born in New Orleans and raised along Bayou Terrebonne in the community of Montegut, Louisiana.


Maria attended Nicholls State University where she earned a B.S. in Government and an A.S. in Criminal Justice. She attended law school at Loyola University, College of Law where she earned her J.D. in civil law. Maria is admitted to the Louisiana State Bar and practices law in Houma, Louisiana.


While in law school, Maria studied abroad and lived in Vienna, Austria during the summer of 2011 as part of her International Law certificate from Loyola University, College of Law. During her time abroad, she participated in a rich array of cultural offerings available in the imperial host city of Vienna, as well as other European cities such as Venice and Prague. The international courses focused on a comparative view of legal traditions as well as the civil law versus common law comparison. Maria embarked on a second law school trip abroad that concentrated exclusively on the European Union institutions as she traveled through the cities of Brussels, Luxembourg, Strasbourg and Paris.


Her legal experience started immediately out of high school with a local Houma law firm where she worked as a clerical clerk. In 1994, Maria obtained her commission as a notary public in Terrebonne Parish. In 1997, she partnered with her husband, Paul, to open Dugas Legal Investigative Services, LLC (DLI) which provides professional private investigator services  statewide to law firms, businesses, insurance companies and individuals. As part of DLI's operations, Maria was actively involved in field surveillance assignments, courthouse research, background investigations,drafting investigative reports, and testifying in court. In 2009, Maria was appointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to serve on the Louisiana State Board of Private Investigative Examiners. Read more.


In addition to honing her private investigative skills, she sharpened her legal knowledge by earning over twenty years of legal experience in law firms as a legal secretary, paralegal and notary public. Her diverse legal background was enhanced by working for the plaintiff and then later in her career for defense side in different areas of the law such as personal injury, corporate legal matters, insurance cases, successions, domestic cases, and workers compensation. Since Maria has worked in various roles in the legal field, she looks at the law differently and has gained a broad perspective toward legal matters.


In law school, Maria was a student practitioner in the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice & Gillis Long Poverty Law Center. She honed her legal advocacy skills in the area of criminal defense law as well as furthering the Jesuit ideals of scholarship and service by providing legal representation to the needy. Maria also participated in the law center's Street Law program.  As part of the Street Law program, Maria went into inner-city classrooms of the middle schools and high schools to teach students about law related issues and legal rights. She received the Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Distinguished Public Service award in honor of her dedication and commitment to social justice for the poor. Read more.


Maria currently resides in Schriever with her family and she is a lifetime resident of Terrebonne Parish, State of Louisiana. She is committed to building a relationship with the people of south Louisiana by utilizing her broad range of legal experience to provide resourceful representation in legal matters of importance to your family and business. Maria is committed to being your partner in planning a successful legal strategy. The depth and diversity of Maria's legal skills and talents gives her a broader perspective that enables her to better serve her clients.





Education

Loyola University, College of Law

J.D. May 2012

International Law certificate May 2012


Nicholls State University

B.A. Government December 2008

A.S. Criminal Justice December 2008


Professional licenses

Admitted to Louisiana State Bar


Notary Public No. 50198

Parish of Terrebonne


Louisiana licensed private investigator No. 3438-100197-LA


Public service

Louisiana State Board of Private Investigator Examiners (LSBPIE)


Distinguished Achievement

Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Distinguished Public Service Award


Louisiana Private Investigators Association Distinguished Achievement Award


Professional Associations

Louisiana Bar Association


Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Louisiana Private Investigators Association (LPIA)