Founding partner Buzz Durio specializes in selected commercial business cases. With 37 years of legal proceedings in areas including business and commercial litigations; banking and financial institutions; mergers and acquisitions; and shareholder rights, he has conducted trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, review panels, and administrative hearings in city, parish, state, and federal trial and appellate courts. After receiving a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University in 1977, Buzz received his Juris Doctor from the University’s Paul M. Hebert School of Law.
Buzz has been involved as a member, on committees and in leadership positions in the Louisiana State Bar Association since 1980. He is the immediate past treasurer and member of the Board of Governors of the State Association. As a tribute to his service, the Louisiana State Bar awarded him the Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award (2010) and the President’s Award (1999, 2004). Buzz is a member of the Bar of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Supreme Court, the Eastern Middle, and Western Districts of the United States District Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals Federal Circuit. He is also involved with the Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association, is a member and fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, American Bar Association and was named a Louisiana Super Lawyer with a Martindale Hubble Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0. Buzz’s work has been published in the Louisiana Bar Journal, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association’s Promulgator, the National Business Institute Inc. and Louisiana Law Review. The legal community respects Buzz’s expertise and has asked him to present to his peers on topics including “Sales of an Interest in Law Firms” and “Business Torts.”
An Eagle Scout, Buzz is loyal to the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America serving in various capacities from Assistant Scout Master to District Chairman and currently serves on the organization’s Executive Committee as VP-Properties. He has volunteered as a coach for soccer, t-ball and baseball. He and his wife, Renee Abadie Durio, are dedicated to Our Lady of Wisdom and Fatima Catholic Churches and have three sons and one grandson.
Corporate Business Organization & Counseling
Corporate Formation & Governance
General Civil Litigation
Mergers & Acquisitions
Wills, Successions, Trusts and Probate
Gary attended University of Southwestern Louisiana (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette) from 1970-1973, continuing to earn his Juris Doctor in 1976 from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He has served in the Louisiana State Bar House of Delegates, as the Lafayette Parish Bar Association president, and is a recipient of the Crystal Gavel Award.
Gary is heavily involved in giving back to the community and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, as Chairman and Trustee of the Lafayette Public Trust Financing Authority, as President of the Lafayette Public Library Foundation and as President of the Evangeline Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2010, he was awarded the prestigious Civic Cup which recognizes one individual a year who has made a significant contribution to Acadiana.
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Founding partner Bill Stagg provides experience, expertise, and leadership to the intellectual property and healthcare practitioners at DMSA. Bill received his Juris Doctor degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and was admitted to the State Bar of Louisiana in 1982. Bill is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Federal Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, and is registered to practice in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has an AV rating from Martindale Hubble.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree (University of Louisiana at Lafayette, 1973) and Master of Civil Engineering degree (University of Houston, 1977). Prior to practicing law, Bill practiced civil and structural engineering in Texas and Louisiana where he was a registered Professional Engineer. He is a member of the Louisiana Engineering Society and he remains registered as a Professional Engineer (inactive) in Louisiana.
Bill is a member of the Board of Directors and a past president of the Acadiana Inn of the American Inns of Court, a member of the board of directors of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, a Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and an Assistant Examiner for the Louisiana bar exam. Bill serves as counsel for the Board of Trustees of Regional Medical Center of Acadiana and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Lafayette.
True to his Eagle Scout background, Bill is a life member of Ducks Unlimited and enjoys hunting, fishing and shooting sports.
Trademark and Copyright Registration
Trade Secrets and Unfair Trade Practices
Business Organization and Contracts
Business Disputes and Litigation
Healthcare Law and Litigation
Jim Shelton specializes in business and healthcare litigation at the firm. He originally joined the firm as “of counsel” before being made partner in 2003. Jim’s experience includes insurance defense, medical malpractice and professional liability litigation. A graduate of Northwestern State University, Jim received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1980.
Jim is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, Lafayette Parish Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He is admitted to practice in United States Middle and Western Districts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and United States Supreme Court. He and his wife, Marcia, live in Lafayette and have two daughters, Lacey and Erin.
Health Care Contracts
Health Care Counsel
Medical Malpractice Defense
Medical Malpractice Litigation
Professional Liability Litigation
Randy Guidry represents clients seeking assistance in personal and litigation issues. In 2000, Randy was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar. He is a graduate of Southern Technical College (1991), the University of Southwestern Louisiana (currently the University of Louisiana at Lafayette) (1997) and Southern University Law Center (2000) where he was magna cum laude. He is a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers and practices criminal, personal injury and general civil litigation. Randy has three sons, Derek, Andre and Luke.
General Civil Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Wills, Successions, Trusts and Probate