When Luling personal injury attorney, Loyd J. Bourgeois first walked into his office after Hurricane Ida, he stood at his desk and looked up. He had an unobstructed view of the sky. His office and almost everything in it was destroyed.
Bourgeois’ home was also heavily damaged in the storm. “It was a difficult year, to say the least. For us personally and for our entire community,” said Bourgeois.
Through hard work, determination, and some pre-planning, Bourgeois was able to get his law practice up and running again quickly. Bourgeois had recently invested in new cloud-based firm management software which could be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection. Although everyone on the current team had damage to their homes, they were able to log in remotely to all of their files and start checking on their clients from their temporary locations.
The firm moved to a new location on Wade Street within a month of the storm and since then, with the added space, has grown its legal team with additional attorney and staff hires over the past year. Although the new office offered the space the team needed, Bourgeois didn’t feel it was well situated to his team or clients’ needs.
“Our goal is for everyone who enters our law firm to feel welcome and know they are in the right place.” But, Bourgeois said the office look and layout didn’t convey that feeling. With all of the local contractors and skilled construction workers busy with the important work of getting people back into their homes, he took matters into his own hands. Along with his sons and father, he started knocking down walls himself after work one Friday and continued construction on nights and weekends whenever he could work around his kids’ busy activity schedules.