Armstrong Alumni Association
Patrick Talley, J.D.
Partner, Phelps Dunbar
Class of 1976
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
Patrick A. Talley, Jr. received his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University and an advanced law degree in Energy and Environmental from Tulane Law School. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas.
Mr. Talley practices law in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on transportation, energy, and environmental law. He has worked extensively within the railroad industry, and is well-known both regionally and nationwide in that area. He represents the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in Louisiana, and served as a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel for more than a decade.
Mr. Talley has served as Vice President/Secretary of the New Orleans Charter Schools Foundation, a nonprofit organization which he co-founded following Katrina. He is past Chairman of the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Board of Trustees; a past member of the St. George's Episcopal Board of Trustees; and Immediate Past President of the Board of Directors for the Carrollton Booster Club, a playground serving over 1,000 families. Mr. Talley serves on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Children's Museum, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (President), and the Executive Board of Southeast Area Council Boy Scouts of America. He is active in Holy Name of Jesus Church, where he has served as a member of the Parish Council. In 2003, he received the St. Louis Award from the New Orleans Archdiocese in recognition of parish work.
In 2008, Mr. Talley received the Leadership in Law Award: New Orleans Top 50 Attorneys. He has also been recognized by BEST Lawyers in America and as a Louisiana Super Lawyer every year since 2007. He is listed in Martindale-Hubbell's Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (rated highest in legal ability and ethical standards).
He and his wife Sharon live in New Orleans with their three children.