Julie M. Lafargue has practiced law for over thirty years, focusing her practice on governmental tort law, expropriation and eminent domain, and litigation relating to insurance defense and commercial litigation. Ms. Lafargue represents the Louisiana Department of Transportation in expropriation and highway right of way acquisition, and also handles flooding and tort litigation for the City of Shreveport. After graduating in 1981, Ms. Lafargue worked at Lunn, Irion, Switzer, Johnson & Salley in Shreveport until 1985. She then became a Director at Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts, P.L.C., for ten years. In 1995, Ms. Lafargue partnered with Reginald W. Abrams to establish Abrams & Lafargue, L.L.C. Outside of her legal practice, Ms. Lafargue stays active within the Shreveport Bar Association, for which she has served variously as President, President Elect, and Vice-President, beginning in 2008. She is currently President of the Shreveport Bar Foundation. In addition to her involvement with the Shreveport Bar Association, she is a member of the Board of Directors and a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Council, and a member of the International Right of Way Association, an organization for professionals who work in the area of expropriation. Within the Shreveport community, Ms. Lafargue is involved in the outreach programs in the Allendale neighborhood sponsored by First United Methodist Church and Community Renewal. She also advocates against domestic violence through the Shreveport Bar Foundation Pro Bono Project and has led the Foundation’s focus to provide legal counsel for victims of domestic violence. The organization also partners with local domestic violence shelters for added assistance and support.