Wayne Bush

Wayne Bush

Leesville, Louisiana

Wayne Bush has been representing plaintiffs in personal injury, workers' compensation cases and clients in family law matters since he began his career. Wayne began representing injured clients in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After the devastating effects that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita had on the state and his family, Wayne moved home to Vernon Parish, Louisiana where he has continued to represent clients who are injured or going through a family law dispute.

Wayne Bush is the managing partner of his firm, and he focuses his practice of law achieving justice for workers, families, consumers, patients and small-business owners. With a diverse practice, Wayne has handled cases in federal and state courts. These cases have included issues ranging from complex personal injury litigation to death penalty defense. He considers it the highest compliment to his practice that a substantial portion of the cases he handles originates from other attorneys.

Wayne takes a compassionate, common-sense approach to the practice of law. He strives to provide legal representation in a manner that is understandable for his clients as many individuals find themselves in the legal system for the first time. Wayne strives to give his clients the individual attention commensurate with the type of litigation, and has achieved Pre-eminent status with Martindale-Hubbell based on client reviews.

Wayne is dedicated to the communities he serves. He has provided indigent defense services as well as accepted nonpaying civil clients through the CENLA Pro Bono Project. Wayne is fortunate to be able to continue accepting pro bono matters, and will strive to do so in the future.

Recently Wayne has been sworn in as an Assistant District Attorney in Beauregard Parish, where he is excited to continue his compassionate approach to the law while serving the residents of Beauregard Parish.

Wayne is a Vernon Parish native and received his law degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is admitted to practice within the state of Louisiana as well as the District of Columbia. He is also admitted to practice in the Middle, Western and Eastern U.S. District Courts of Louisiana, The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Family law
  • Workers Compensation
  • Divorce
  • Military Divorce
  • Estate Planning
  • Succession

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Tax Court


  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Juris Doctor - 2004
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Bachelor of Civil Law - 2004
  • Northwestern State University, Fort Polk & Natchitoches, Louisiana
    • B.S. magna cum laude - 2001
    • Major: Accounting and Business Administration

Representative Cases

  • Godfrey v. Advanced Neuromodulations Systems, Inc. (Slip Copy 2011 WL 7768092)
  • U.S. V. United Services Auto Ass'n (not reported 2011 WL 2680972)
  • State of Louisiana v. Paul Roberts, Jr., 947 So. 2d 208 (La. App. 3 Cir. 01/17/07), writ denied, 964 So. 2d 938 (La. 10/05/07)
  • Fishback v. Sabine Parish School Board, 964 So. 2d 490 (La. App. 3 Cir. 10/03/07)
  • State Ex. Rel. D.H., 953 So. 2d 992 (La. App. 3 Cir. 03/07/07)
  • Gordon v. Gordon, 966 So. 2d 1216 (La. App. 3 Cir. 10/03/07)


  • Speaker, 2013 Louisiana Association for Justice Last Chance CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Speaker, 2013 Louisiana Association for Justice a la carte CLE, Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell (Lawyers.com) Client Distinction Award, 2013 - 2016
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer ®, ‘Rising Star’ edition, 2013
  • Top 40 Under 40, The National Trial Lawyers Association, 2013 - 2016
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer ®, ‘Super Lawyer’ Edition, 2014 - 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40, National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, Inc.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association, Delegate, 2009 - 2011
  • House of Delegates, Louisiana State Bar Association, Delegate, 2013 - Present
  • Board of Governors, Louisiana Association for Justice, Governor, 2009 - 2013
  • Council of Directors, Louisiana Association for Justice, Director, 2013 - 2015
  • Board of Directors, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation, Director, 2008 - 2016
  • Vernon Parish Bar Association, President, 2006 - 2013
  • University Parkway Economic Development District, Chairman, 2011 - Present
  • Let’s Grow Vernon, Economic Development District, Co-Chair, 2011 - Present
  • Parks and Recreations Board, Leesville, Louisiana, Co-Chair, 2011 - Present
  • Leesville Lions Club, Member
  • The District of Columbia Bar, Member
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past Member
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past Member
  • Executive Committee on Workers’ Compensation by the National Trial Lawyers Association

Past Employment Positions

  • DeRidder, Louisiana, Assistant District Attorney
  • Jim Craft Construction, Leesville, Louisiana, Roofer, 1994 - 1996
  • Vernon Parish School Board, Media Center, Leesville, Louisiana, 1996 - 1999
  • Law office of Daniel Wayne Bush, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005 - 2006
  • SmithBush, Leesville, Louisiana, Managing Partner, 2006 - 2015
  • Vernon Parish Public Defenders Office, 2006 - 2010
  • Vernon Parish Public Defenders Office, Conflict Counsel, 2015 - 2016
  • Beauregard Parish Public Defenders Office, Conflict Counsel
  • Federal Criminal Public Defenders Office, CJA Panel Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Ducks Unlimited Supporter
  • Supporter of West Central Louisiana Sportsline
  • Lifetime Member, North American Hunting Club
  • Member, Sweat Gum Hollow Hunting Club