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Derrick D. Prentice | The Prentice Firm

The Prentice Firm — the law firm with locations in both downtown Houma and Thibodaux, with experts focusing on real estate and Louisiana property law — recently reached ten years of serving the people in communities throughout South Louisiana.
Over that time span, the firm — led by attorney Derrick D. Prentice — has garnered high praise from their commercial and residential customers for their integrity, dedication, knowledge and accuracy, among other qualities.
In addition to the appreciation from their gratified customers, The Prentice Firm has also been recognized by local entities — being named “Best Law Firm in Terrebonne Parish” by 2015’s Best of the Best, “Best Attorney 2017” for Best of the Bayou 2017 and “Affiliate of the Year” for 2012 and 2015 by the Bayou Board of Realtors.
“The Prentice Firm’s true difference is the super cool people who work there. Each Prentice Firm family member is individually amazing in their own way,” Prentice said. “They are not only unique professionals in what they do day in and day out, they are people you’d want to know even if you didn’t have a property law issue to discuss.”

A Q&A with Derrick D. Prentice

Why did you want to become a lawyer?

“Most attorneys would say, ‘I wanted to be Atticus Finch.’ I mean, who doesn’t want to be an Atticus Finch…Growing up in the sugarcane and cattle business, I developed a tremendous respect and affinity for land, it’s potential uses, in both its natural form, and in the blank canvas potential present in every tract for those possessing a little bit of imagination. It’s funny how a belief, so basic that I feel it in my bones, is finally being felt by more than just us farmers and cattlemen. Sadly, this is only because land is a vanishing South Louisiana resource, and protecting it has finally become an issue everyone understands.”

What are some fun facts about yourself?

“I am an ex-LSU pole vaulter who enjoys spending time with his funny family, who are always up for an adventure. I love hunting and fishing with family and friends whenever I can. I am a wonderful snowboarder who wishes he wasn’t such a horrible surfer. I try to be honest in everything but guitar play, storytelling and Pedro…I also believe a world without sport would be lost.”

In what ways are you involved in the community?

“My wife Melanie and I are involved with numerous civic causes, foundations, and events throughout the year. However, I very much enjoy my pro bono work with local business startups…If you want to build a community that truly can withstand the fluctuations in politics, public policy and the price of oil, I think the best place to start would be with the spirited few in the community willing to put everything they have on the line, in an effort to bring something positive and new back home to us all.” •

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