John F. Parker has over three decades of diverse legal experience. He attended the University of Southwestern Louisiana, dividing his course load between the humanities and the sciences, and graduating with a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Zoology. Following graduate studies in Human Anatomy and Physiology at Louisiana State University Medical Center, he completed his education at Tulane University School of Law.
John has decades of experience in the private sector, specializing in oil and gas matters, with an emphasis on title examination. During this time, he worked on several litigation matters, including defending a groundwater contamination claim and representing the State of Louisiana in a royalty dispute along the state/federal boundary. He spent five and a half years with Atlantic Richfield Corporation, serving as Louisiana Counsel for ARCO Oil and Gas Company. While there, he performed a wide range of duties including title review and approval, litigation support, review and negotiation of exploration, transportation, and marketing contracts, environmental matters, asset management and disposal, personnel issues, and government affairs. While at ARCO, John was called upon to prepare the initial draft of the legislation that would become the Louisiana Oilfield Site Restoration Law (La. R. S. 30:80 et seq). John also spent eleven years with the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, Office of Coastal Restoration and Management. In this capacity, he advised the Coastal Management Division on all aspects of coastal use permitting in the wetlands, including dispute resolution, mitigation banking, oil spill response, legislation, and rulemaking. He advised the Coastal Restoration Division on all matters involved in the planning and construction of coastal restoration projects, including contracting with other state and federal coastal agencies, title clearance, negotiation of surface use agreements, oyster lease issues, litigation support, legislation, and rulemaking. In the last few years, he has become involved in the practice of Elder Law.
John was raised as a Navy brat, born in Pensacola, Florida, and experiencing life in Whidbey Island, Washington; Jacksonville, Florida; Guantanamo, Cuba; Broussard, Louisiana; Boston, Massachusetts, Key West, Florida; and Midway Island, Pacific Ocean. After his father’s retirement, John finished high school in Lafayette.