Under Louisiana criminal law, a Bill of Information is a formal charging document used in lieu of a grand jury indictment. It outlines the criminal charges against a defendant and provides details about the alleged offenses. This streamlined process is common for less serious offenses, and it allows prosecutors to bring charges without convening a grand jury. However, when the alleged offense carries a mandatory life sentence, the District Attorney must indict by grand jury.
Most people hope to not need them. But, when they do, they want the good ones on their side. To this end, New Orleans Magazine publishes an annual list of Top Lawyers; and, it, once again, named Stephen Hébert one of the top attorneys in criminal defense. The list was prepared by Detroit-based Professional Research Services.
Professional Research Services provided this explanation of its methodology: The voting was open to all licensed attorneys in New Orleans. They were asked which attorney, other than themselves, they would recommend in the New Orleans area. Each attorney was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each given legal specialty. Once the online nominations were complete, each nominee was carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license and their current standing with the State Bar Association of Louisiana. Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each specialty are reflected in the list.
This will be Hébert’s ninth appearance as a Top Lawyer. He previously appeared in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2020, 2021 and 2022.
Stephen Hébert has received the Client Champion Platinum award from Martindale-Hubbell. The Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion Platinum award is a recognition program that honors attorneys who excel at providing excellent client service. The award is based on client feedback and reviews, as well as ratings given by peers in the legal profession.
To be eligible for the award, attorneys must have a minimum of 10 client reviews and an average rating of 4.5 or higher on a scale of 1-5. Additionally, they must have been reviewed within the last two years and be in good standing with their state bar association.
The Client Champion Platinum award is the highest level of recognition in the Martindale-Hubbell Client Champion program. It indicates that an attorney has demonstrated exceptional service to their clients and has consistently received high ratings and positive reviews.
Martindale-Hubbell had previously recognized Hébert’s outstanding abilities with an AV-Preeminent peer review rating and a Client Champion Gold award.