Joan M. Malbrough

Personal and Educational Background

  • Native of Houma, Louisiana, born September 17, 1961
  • Graduated from Vandebilt Catholic High School, Houma, Louisiana, 1979 (National Honor Society)
  • Earned degree of Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, Louisiana, 1986
  • Earned degree of Juris Doctor from Mississippi College School of Law, Jackson, Mississippi, 1992
  • Visiting Student, Loyola University Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, (1991-92)
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Louisiana, 1992
  • Admitted to the State Bar of North Carolina, 1993
  • Licensed Notary Public


  • Private Practice since 1993
  • St. Martin & Mahoney, A.P.L.C., 1992-1993
  • Contracted to the Public Defender’s Office, 1994-1998
  • Twenty-five years of litigation experience
  • Licensed to practice before U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana

Honors and Awards

  • West Publishing Company Award for Outstanding Scholastic Achievement (Law School)
  • Delta Sigma Pi President’s Award
  • Delta Sigma Pi National District Director of the Year (2000-2001)
  • The National Dean’s List
  • Nicholls State University President’s List
  • Outstanding Young Women of America (1986)
  • Kiwanian of the year (1999-2000) and (2016-2017)
  • National Honor Society
  • Who’s Who Among American High School Students
  • Moot Court Board, 1991-92
  • Governor’s Award for Service and Dedication to the State of Louisiana (1996)
  • Terrebonne Bar Association Community Service Award (2006)
  • Nicholls State University College of Business Administration Alumni of the year (2009)
  • Kiwanis Club of Houma Most Valuable Woman (2017)

Professional and Civic Organizations

  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Houma-Terrebonne Chamber of Commerce
  • Kiwanis Club of Houma (Treasurer 1999-2000; Secretary 2000-2001, President-Elect 2001-2002, President 2002-2003, Lt. Governor LA, Miss W Tennessee District 2005-2006, Board of Directors 2016 – present
  • Leadership Terrebonne Class of 1999 (Board of Director 1999-2002, Secretary 2000-2001)
  • Delta Sigma Pi Professional Business Fraternity (District Director, 2000-2001)
  • Delta Theta Phi Professional Legal Fraternity
  • Member, Terrebonne Bar Association (President 2001-2002)