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Malbrough & Wright

Malbrough & Wright (A Professional Law Corporation) is located in Houma, Louisiana 1 block from the 32nd Judicial District Courthouse in Houma, LA and 5 miles from the 17th Judicial District Courthouse in Thibodaux, LA. The firm consists of two attorneys, with a combined experience of over 35 years in a number of areas including Family Law, Criminal Defense, Wills, Successions, Civil Litigation, Corporate and Small Business, Contracts, Social Security Disability and Personal Injury.

The firm has extensive trial experience in family law issues, including child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, community property and adoptions. Attorneys in the firm keep current on the latest trends and changes in Louisiana law by regularly attending professional seminars and trainings on family law. The firm has experience handling difficult cases in the area of family law, which includes emotionally sensitive cases and crisis intervention. The senior partner in the firm, Joan M. Malbrough, worked as a public defender in Terrebonne Parish from 1994 to 1998. She has tried numerous criminal cases before both six and twelve person juries. Since 1992, Ms. Malbrough has represented over 400 clients on criminal matters ranging from DWI to first-degree murder, and is one of only a few attorneys in south Louisiana with this level of criminal defense experience.

The firm also has extensive experience in various fields of personal injury law, including automobile accidents, offshore injuries, wrongful death, maritime accidents and medical malpractice. Joan Malbrough began her legal career with a firm that worked exclusively in the area of personal injury law, and continued practicing in this area when she founded her own law practice in 1993. Donna H. Wright has nine years’ experience trying personal injury cases in federal and state courts, including jury and bench trials.

Donna Wright graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 1992. After practicing as a trial attorney in Mississippi for nine years, Ms. Wright worked overseas with the U.S. State Department and the American Bar Association for six years. In 2008, Ms. Wright returned to the U.S. to work for the American Bar Association and joined the firm of Malbrough & Wright in May of 2011.

The two attorneys in the firm have practiced throughout South Louisiana, and have tried a number of cases in Terrebonne, Lafourche and St. Mary parish state and city courts. Practice is not limited to South Louisiana, however, as all attorneys in the firm are licensed to practice throughout the state of Louisiana in district, city, and federal courts, in addition to North Carolina and Mississippi.

Aside from legal experience, the firm prides itself on being community minded. Firm attorneys are members of various civic organizations such as the Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce, the Kiwanis Club of Houma and the Rotary Club of Houma. Ms. Malbrough participated in Leadership Terrebonne in 1999, an organization designed to train and build community leaders. Ms. Wright is a member of the Leadership Lafourche class of 2012. Ms. Malbrough is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Terrebonne Bar Association, having served as its President from 2001-2002. Ms. Wright is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Terrebonne Bar Association, the Lafourche Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar Association, The Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit and the American Society for International Law.

Joan M. Malbrough has served the legal community in South Louisiana since 1992. She added her first associate in the summer of 1999. As business continued to grow, she relocated to a 3000 square foot office building in September of 2000, where the firm is currently located. In March of 2011, she hired Donna Wright, who later became a partner in the firm. With the two attorneys on staff, Malbrough & Wright strives to provide clients with the immediate attention they need and expertise in a variety of areas of legal practice.


Malbrough & Wright, A.P.L.C. is a unique firm, in that it concentrates on the individual. Our primary goal is helping our clients achieve their goals. While many law firms in area concentrate on the lucrative oilfield related personal injury business, Malbrough & Wright has chosen to practice in areas of law that are far more personal. Family law, one of the most difficult areas of practice, is a large part of our practice. We have also taken extremely difficult criminal defense cases, as we believe that every individual has a constitutional right to adequate representation when faced with criminal prosecution. We do not decide who is right or wrong or who is guilty or innocent. Our job is to do the best we can for our clients. In that respect, we pride ourselves on being knowledgeable and professional.

Malbrough & Wright accepts the following credit cards: Visa, Mastercard, American Express, and Discover.