Successful labor and employment litigator Jay Augustine said that two key factors contributed to his decision to enter the legal profession. One was the social exposure he received from his mother, who was a social studies teacher, and the other was his environment.
"I grew up in the South," he said. "I'm a native of New Orleans, and I'm an African American. I saw an obvious need for civil rights, an obvious need for those who cared and cared enough to take up the cause of civil rights to be involved in the legal process, and that's obviously where rights are protected. So my childhood heroes were attorneys—Thurgood Marshall, moving on to become a justice of the Supreme Court and a gentleman named Ernest Morial, who was a phenomenal civil rights attorney who went on to become the first African American mayor of New Orleans."
However, becoming an attorney was not Augustine's only professional goal. He also aspired to become an Army officer as a result of watching the TV show F Troop
as a child, he said.
And Augustine has achieved both of these goals in stellar fashion. He served on active duty in the U.S. Army for four years, earning decorations as an infantry officer and leaving service as a first lieutenant. He's currently a partner in the Baton Rouge office of prominent New Orleans-based law firm Montgomery, Barnett, Brown, Read, Hammond & Mintz, where he has a thriving labor and employment law
litigation practice. In addition to maintaining his primary practice at Montgomery Barnett, Augustine serves as General Counsel to the City of Baton Rouge/Parish of East Baton Rouge Personnel Board.