Former Southern University Law Center Chancellor and retired judge Freddie Pitcher Jr. has rejoined Phelps Dunbar’s Baton Rouge office as a senior partner in the firm’s litigation group.
Pitcher, who was a partner with Phelps before becoming chancellor in November 2002, will focus on commercial, appellate and toxic tort litigation, insurance coverage and alternative dispute resolution in addition to continuing to serve as a professor of law at Southern.
The announcement was made by P. Ragan Richard, managing partner for the firm’s Baton Rouge office.
Pitcher was the first African-American judge in Baton Rouge with his election to the City Court in April 1983; first African-American elected to the 19th Judicial District in a parishwide election in 1987; and achieved another first in 1992 with his election to the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.
He also served as an associate justice ad hoc on the Louisiana Supreme Court, as a special counsel in the Office of the Attorney General for Louisiana and as an assistant district attorney for East Baton Rouge Parish.
Pitcher earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Southern University in 1966 and his J.D. from Southern University Law Center in 1973.