Mary Terrell Joseph
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  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D., 1970)
  • Hollins University (B.A., 1966)


Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana


Mary has been honored as a Volunteer Activist, an Olympic Torchbearer, one of Baton Rouge's 25 Outstanding Women, and YWCA Women of Achievement. She received the Community Leadership Award from the Baton Rouge Chamber's Leadership Alumni. Mary is a graduate of CABL's Louisiana Leadership program and a recipient of the Louisiana Bar Association's Crystal Gavel Award. 

Other Honors and Awards:

  • Martindale-Hubbell™ AV Preeminent ® Peer Review Rated Lawyer  
  • The Best Lawyers in America® (Banking and Finance Law), 2005–2023  
  • Baton Rouge Banking and Finance Law "Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013, 2016  
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers (Banking), 2010–2016  
  • Women in Law 2015 Award, Collections Law, Lawyer Monthly Magazine  
  • Crystal Gavel Award, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2009 
  • 2019 Distinguished Attorney, Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF)



  • American Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow


  • Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge,
  • Capital Area Network, Past President
  • Capital Area United Way, former Campaign Chair and Board Chair
  • CAUW Women's Leadership Council 2015 "Legacy of Service" Award
  • Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Secretary
  • Greater Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni
  • Hollins University Board of Trustees
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, Past President
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation, Executive Committee Member; Committee to Study Autism Resources
  • Board of Trustees of Hollins University, Member, Executive Committee
  • Louisiana State Arts Council Board, former Member

Outside the Office

In her free time, Mary stays active – enjoying bicycling, walking, swimming, hiking, Zumba, and yoga. She enjoys international travel and has visited countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America, collecting ceramic wine goblets from local artists wherever she goes.