Counselors and Attorneys at Law


Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann, P.C.

We have earned a reputation for solid commitment to our clients, our community, and our families. Our clients know that we will use our best efforts to provide effective and efficient solutions for their legal needs. 

Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann, P.C. ("DMSA") is a multidisciplinary law firm located in Lafayette, Louisiana whose team of attorneys has been a mainstay of the South Louisiana legal community for 30 years. 
Founding partners Buzz Durio, Gary McGoffin, and Bill Stagg formed Durio, McGoffin, and Stagg in 1985.  Each an Eagle Scout, they first met in the late 1960s as Boy Scout counselors at Camp Thistlethwaite near Washington, Louisiana. The mutual trust and friendship they developed as young men has served as a guiding force in the firm’s professional growth and evolution.  
Jeff Ackermann joined the firm in 1985 and became a partner in 1995. In 2002, the firm’s name was changed to Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann. Jim Shelton was "of counsel” to DMSA prior to becoming a partner in 2003. After a long association with DMSA, Randy Guidry became a partner. And in 2014, Ryan Goudelocke was named the most recent partner. 
DMSA and its attorneys are widely known for their experience and expertise in a variety of practice areas, and the firm is committed to providing practical and efficient legal services to individuals and businesses, large and small, in matters of corporate transactions, business organizations, professional liability, and general civil litigation. The firm’s practice areas include business and commercial law, creditor's rights, healthcare law, physician and hospital litigation defense, intellectual property, personal injury, family law, criminal defense, real estate development, and estate planning and successions.

We focus on building lasting relationships and gaining a thorough understanding of our clients’ businesses and industries. We work with each client’s specific needs in mind, focusing on achieving the most effective results in the most efficient manner.