I don’t think there’s an attorney in Lafayette that has done more to earn the position — and want it — than Mike. He did act as a city attorney at one time for a little while under Kenny Bowen, and he has worked for this government in one form or another for the past 25 years.
I was there when he argued before the state supreme court for the fiber issue. He’s done a lot of LUS work, and he’s probably one of the top annexation attorneys in the state. And he’s just a good guy.
As I’ve talked to other attorneys around town, one of the words I’ve heard consistently is integrity, that he’s a good, good lawyer, smart, and there’s no reason to question anything. I’ve heard nothing but praise for him.
I like Mike a lot; he’s always been very helpful to me and responsive to me and just a real good guy.
Ottinger has served as LCG attorney for seven years — the longest tenure in the position since consolidation in 1996. He also teaches law in the fall at his alma mater, LSU, and has a private practice. Hebert acknowledged at the time that he has “big shoes to fill” and said he would likely follow Ottinger’s lead in running the legal department: “I don’t know of anything of significance that I intend to do differently from what Pat has already done,” Hebert said.
Read more about outgoing LCG attorney Pat Ottinger in our Jan. 12 cover story, “Good Counsel.”