Edward C. Abell, Jr. attended Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, President of the LSU Inter-Fraternity Council, and was inducted into ODK Honorary Fraternity. He graduated from the Louisiana State University Law School in 1963, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. He joined the firm in 1963, and, after nine months of practice, completed a three year tour with the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, stationed primarily at Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Ed returned in 1966, and has been practicing with the firm, and its successors, ever since. He has been active in the Lafayette Community, serving as chair of two Charter Commissions, one of which revised the Parish Government, and in 1992, a Consolidation Commission which wrote and adopted the present Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government. In 1995, he was awarded the Lafayette Civic Cup. He later served as Chair of the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce, and served three years as Chair of the Acadiana Center for the Arts. Ed has also served as Senior Warden of two Episcopal churches.
Ed has spent his years with the firm primarily defending insurance clients, litigating oil and gas and commercial matters and providing corporate and general business advice. One of the most satisfying cases he has handled was the defense of Halliburton Services, Inc. in a multi-million dollar pollution claim arising out of the blow-out of a gas well in the Atchafalaya Basin. He obtained a verdict absolving Halliburton of liability, and collecting attorney’s fees and costs from the plaintiff. Commonwealth Ins. Co. et. al v. Halliburton Energy Services, et al 899 So.2d.24 (La.App 1 Cir 2004).
He plays golf and acoustic guitar and enjoys a busy social life with his wife of 44 years, Elaine Durbin Abell, who is also an attorney. Ed says he cares deeply about Onebane’s honorable reputation, a reputation he has helped cultivate and preserve.