Legal Department


Phone: 337-291-8015

City-Parish Attorney: Patrick S. Ottinger


Pat Ottinger

Patrick S. Ottinger, City-Parish Attorney

Patrick S. Ottinger serves as City-Parish Attorney for Lafayette Consolidated Government, a position he previously held from January 2004 through February 2011. In his position, according to the Home Rule Charter for the Lafayette City-Parish Consolidated Government, he serves as the “chief legal adviser to the Mayor-President, City Council, Parish Council, and all departments, offices and agencies; represent[s] the City of Lafayette, the Parish of Lafayette, and the City-Parish Government in all legal proceedings; and perform[s] other duties prescribed by this charter or by ordinance.”

He has been in private practice in Lafayette since April 1974 and currently practices law in the Lafayette law firm of Ottinger Hebert LLC, where he serves as of counsel to the firm, with his practice being concentrated in the area of oil and gas law. He received his Juris Doctorate degree in December 1973 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Ottinger is an Adjunct Professor of Law at LSU, teaching the course on Mineral Rights from 1996-2012, and currently teaches an Oil & Gas Seminar.

He served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association in 1998-99.

Ottinger is the author of the course materials entitled Ottinger, A Course Book on Louisiana Mineral Rights (12th Rev. Ed., August 2011), and Louisiana Mineral Leases:  A Treatise (Claitor’s 2016). He has published numerous articles in the Louisiana Law Review, Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, and the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources, among others.

He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Advisory Council for the Institute on Mineral Law and serves on the Advisory Board for the John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, both at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.

He is the Reporter for the Mineral Law Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute.

On June 7, 2018, he received the 2018 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, awarded for “long-standing devotion to and excellence in trial practice,” and “upholding the standards of ethics and consideration for the courts, litigants and all counsel.”