About William

Party:  Republican

I was born and raised in Montpelier, a village in St. Helena Parish. My grandparents, the late W.E. "Bill" Dykes and Ivyne Alessi Dykes, opened and operated my family's business commonly known as Dykes Feed & Fertilizer in Montpelier. My grandfather was also a dairy farmer, Mayor of Montpelier, and a Louisiana State Senator from 1972-1984.

My parents, Gloria Mack Dykes and the late Bryan Dykes, Sr., worked together for my family's business for over 40 years. My father served as Mayor of Montpelier for approximately 40 years, and he raised beef cattle on his farm in Montpelier.

I attended Oak Forest Academy in Amite from K-12th grade.  I learned the value of hard work at a young age while working  on my family's farm and in my family's business, Dykes Feed and Fertilizer.  I continue to help my family maintain the farm.

I graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice.  Shortly after graduation I returned to the family farm and business because my father had open-heart surgery.  Once he recovered and returned to work, I went to law school. 

 

In 2002, I graduated from Southern University Law Center with a Juris Doctorate.  I started working as a clerk for Pittman Law Firm In Denham Springs from 2001-2002 while attending law school.  After earning my license, I continued to work for Pittman Law Firm until eventually becoming partner.  During my years working with Pittman Law Firm, I practiced criminal and civil law.  I represented government agencies, including law enforcement, volunteer fire departments, fire districts, and municipalities.  I practiced real estate law, leases and contracts, boundary disputes, successions, wills, adoptions, etc.  

After moving to Hammond in 2005, I opened my office for the practice of law.  In 2007, I was named an Assistant Public Defender for the 21st Judicial District.  Throughout my 17 years as an attorney, including 12 years as a public defender, I have represented thousands of clients and practiced in almost all areas of civil and criminal law.  I have also served as first- and second-chair for 12-member criminal jury trials.

In addition to practicing in the 21st JDC, I am licensed to practice in and have litigated cases in Eastern, Western, and Middle Federal District Courts.  I have argued cases in the First Circuit Court of Appeals and had a case that was upheld at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

I served as a volunteer fireman at the Montpelier Fire Department for many years, and I  currently serve as VP of my neighborhood's homeowners association.  My community service work involves primarily pro bono work.  Growing up in a rural parish in South Louisiana, especially with past economic downfalls, has opened my eyes to the fact that there are many in need of legal services who do not have the means to obtain them.  With the support of my wife, I continuously use my legal skills to help others in my community.  Pro bono work has taught me the value of service to my fellow man.

I am married to Heather Compton Dykes, a registered dietitian, who has taught nutrition at Southeastern Louisiana University for over 15 years.  Heather and I have been blessed with two beautiful, sweet daughters named Mary Claire (12) and Lily Grace (8).  We attend Montpelier Baptist Church in Montpelier, La. 

If I am not practicing law or spending time with my family, you will likely find me on my family's farm baling hay or tending the cattle.

Respectfully Yours,

William Scott Dykes

Photo by Sarah Schwartz Photography
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