Richard D. Michels

Title: State Attorney
Company: State of Louisiana Department of Paternity and Child Support
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States

Richard D. Michels, JD, state attorney at the State of Louisiana Department of Paternity and Child Support, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in child support enforcement.

With nearly 40 years of experience to his credit, Mr. Michels has excelled as the Louisiana state attorney in the department of paternity and child support from 1990 to 2018, at which time he retired as an emeritus attorney. He began his career at his own private practice for two years before he was appointed to the role of active director at Legal Services from 1981 to 1983. He found further success at Calcasieu Parish of Louisiana as the assistant district attorney for child support enforcement from 1984 to 1990.

Before embarking on his professional path, Mr. Michels pursued an education and earned a master’s degree in philosophy in 1963. He concluded his studies at the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in law in 1978. In addition to his primary vocation, Mr. Michels remains affiliated with various organizations in relation to his areas of expertise. He was a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Knights of Columbus. 

Mr. Michels became involved in his profession because of his desire to help and represent people. He studied in Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Rome before returning to the United States to teach in the ministry. Eventually, he left the ministry to study law at Northern Kentucky University. Upon graduation, he took and passed the Kentucky bar exam. 

Mr. Michels and his family relocated to Louisiana, prompting him to take the bar exam again. He attributes his success to his support team, particularly his wife, who always encouraged him. In the immediate future, he intends to continue traveling with her.

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