Attorneys


David Ogwyn

David Ogwyn,

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Attorney David Ogwyn is no stranger to the pursuit of excellence in his chosen field. A graduate of LSU Law School, he finished in the top 15% of his class. While there he participated in and won the prestigious Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition. Upon completion of his law degree, David accepted an offer from David M. Ellison, Jr. at Ellison & Ellison. Within three years, he made partner and the firm became Ellison, Ellison & Ogwyn. He considers his time spent working with and learning from David Ellison to have been an invaluable career opportunity. Building on that experience, David founded the Ogwyn Law Firm. Now in its seventh year, the firm has established a reputation for its commitment to excellence in providing superior and customized legal services to its clients. David’s clients value his tireless dedication and loyalty. He places great importance in the relationships he builds and maintains with them, working to serve as their personal attorney and protect their interests in every respect.

David takes an active civic role in legal, business, and education concerns, holding membership in the American Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy. He serves on the Volunteer Committee of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and is a participant in the Solo/Small Firm Group of the American Bar Association. In addition, David has been appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on occasion as Judge Pro Tem for the Port Allen City Court. David has served on the Board of Directors for the West Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce since 2008 in a number of leadership capacities, including Secretary, Treasurer, and Chairman of the Board. In these roles, David works with business and political leaders to promote the economic development of the region while at the same time preserving the quality of life of the Parish. He also volunteers in the local public schools’ reading programs and serves on the Board of Directors for the West Baton Rouge Foundation for Academic Excellence which provides grants to local teachers in the public school system to enhance the learning opportunities and experience of the students.

Though born in Corpus Christi, Texas and relocated to Louisiana as a teenager, David’s "Bayou State" roots have always run deep. His father’s family hails from a small town just outside of Minden. It’s a place David still enjoys escaping to and considers home, taking time out from his busy workload to hunt and explore the same north Louisiana woods he roamed as a child. It’s a pastime his father shared with him and one he now shares with his own two boys. 

Anne K. Smith

Anne K. Smith,

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A Lake Charles native, Anne attended Louisiana State University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications; graduating Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Political Communication and a minor in Political Science. Upon graduation from LSU, she attended LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. There, Anne participated in the Tullis Moot Court competition where she honed her oral advocacy skills. In addition, Anne engaged in conflict resolution through the Civil Mediation Clinic where she assisted in mediating cases in Baton Rouge City Court. Anne served as a member of the Federalist Society and Legal Association of Women. During her time at LSU, Anne clerked at several large and small firms, gaining experience and exposure to a variety of legal environments and practice areas. She earned her Juris Doctorate and Diploma in Comparative Law in 2012.

Anne is an active member of a number of professional organizations, including the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyer Division and Solo and Small Firm Division, Louisiana State Bar Association, Wex S. Malone American Inn of Court, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association, where she is a member of the Volunteer Committee. Anne also serves as an officer for the Baton Rouge Alumni Chapter of Phi Mu.

As an associate at Ogwyn Law Firm, Anne has greatly impressed clients with her work ethic, which is demonstrated through her commitment to developing and delivering timely and efficient solutions to their problems. Her practice primarily focuses in the areas of estate planning and administration, intellectual property, and business representation.

Michael E. Platte

Michael E. Platte,

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A lifelong resident of Baton Rouge, Michael has developed an outstanding grasp of business and commercial litigation, handling a wide range of matters in this area including shareholder disputes, minority shareholder rights, derivative actions, dissolution and breach of fiduciary duty. Michael has also represented both owners and contractors in various types of construction litigation including defective construction, breach of contract, design defect and other construction related claims. Michael also plays an integral part in the firm's other areas of practice such as general civil litigation, estate planning, and oil and gas law.

After graduating law school in 2008, Michael worked for a local law firm in Zachary, Louisiana and served as General Counsel for the Zachary Community School Board. In 2010, Michael assisted James S. Holiday in drafting the 2010 Louisiana Practice Series for Construction Law and Corporate Law. 

Michael’s strong ties to Baton Rouge are reflected in his service to the community. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and as vice chairman of the support services for the organization.  He also serves as vice-chairman of the Alcohol and Beverage Control Board for East Baton Rouge Parish. Michael is also an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, where he founded and co-chair the Business/Corporate Law Section. Michael also served on the Board of Directors for Forum 35.

Michael is happily married to his beautiful wife Anne Bennett Platte and they have one child, Anthony Joseph “AJ” Platte.



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