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2013 Press Releases


(504) 310-2590

 JULY 30, 2013


Attorney Michael C. Darnell has been appointed by order of the Louisiana Supreme Court, as judge pro tempore of Orleans Parish Traffic Court, Section “D,” according to Chief Justice Bernette Joshua Johnson.

Darnell will fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Ronald J. Sholes. He will serve from August 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013, or until the vacancy is filled, whichever comes sooner.

Darnell received his undergraduate and Juris Doctor degrees from Yale University. He has been in the private practice of law since 1982. Formerly a partner with Adams and Reese law firm, since 1995 Darnell has been a partner in the law firm Murray, Darnell & Associates, LLC. While practicing law, he has served in numerous legal and government positions including: Councilmember-At-Large and Vice President, New Orleans City Council; Judge pro tempore Orleans Parish Juvenile Court, Section “C;” Vice President and General Counsel, New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; Instructor of Public Health Law, Dillard University; Deputy City Attorney, City of New Orleans; Assistant City Attorney, New Orleans Traffic and Municipal Courts; Assistant District Attorney, 16th Judicial District Court, Parishes of St. Martin, Iberia and St. Mary; and as a Board Member of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission. He also served as Vice-Chairperson of the American Bar Association’s Conference of Minority Partners in Majority Corporate Law Firms.

Darnell is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and the Louis Martinet Society in New Orleans. He is the recipient of the Award for Outstanding Service as President of the Southwest Louisiana Lawyer’s Association.


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