About Johnny

Johnny Lee

Johnny Lee has announced his candidacy for First Parish Court Division B from which Judge George Giacobbe is retiring. Johnny has practiced law in Jefferson Parish since graduating from LSU Law School in 1975. He immediately began private practice with the firm of Mollere, Flanagan and Arceneaux, and from 1980 to 1999, he served as assistant district attorney in both the 24th Judicial District Court and First Parish Court. From 1999 to the present, he has held the position of public defender at First Parish Court. Johnny has served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates for over twenty years and as president of the Jefferson Bar Association.

Having practiced in First Parish Court for nearly 39 years as a prosecutor, a criminal defense attorney, and a civil litigator, Johnny has the expertise and experience to meet the challenges of this position. Johnny understands that effective and efficient improvements should be made. He declares, “We must implement changes which will reduce the cost of the traffic tickets to the citizens, without losing income for the court. I will work towards streamlining the process.”

A 1969 graduate of Archbishop Rummel High School, Johnny has been active in St. Catherine of Siena Parish, both as a Confirmation teacher and as a member of the Board. He belongs to the Beverly Knoll Civic Association, is on the Board of NAMI New Orleans (the National Alliance on Mental Illness), and has taught at the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Academy. For many years, he has held the highest rating of his peers from Martindale Hubbell (AV), an indication of a lawyer’s professional and ethical abilities.

Johnny states: “I am uniquely qualified, having practiced at First Parish Court since 1975 in civil cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants and in criminal cases as both prosecutor and defender. I have been a speaker for a number of Bar Association seminars on the topic of DWI, which is this court’s most serious offense. I have prosecuted and defended thousands of DWI cases. I look forward to continuing to serve the people of Jefferson Parish.”

The election is on November 4th.