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Lindsey Valenti, In-House Legal Counsel for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office to Run for Judge

METAIRIE, LA. - Lindsey Valenti, Chief Legal Counsel for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office, announced today her decision to seek the Division D seat on the 24th Judicial District Court in March.

Valenti, 38, has served as executive legal counsel for the 1,300 member Sheriff’s Office for nearly eight years now. In that role, Valenti manages all legal cases involving the JPSO, oversees all contract negotiations, answers over 15,000 public records requests annually, directs legal issues for three in-house insurance companies, and reports directly to Sheriff Joe Lopinto. As the Chief Legal Advisor, Valenti manages as many as 125 cases at a time ranging from routine traffic matters to complex professional liability issues.

Valenti began her career in law with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office where she assisted trial counsel as they prepared to prosecute. From there, Lindsey joined high-profile legal teams including Edward J. Womac, Jr. & Associates, L.L.C. and Keller & Trahant, LLC.

Valenti is a graduate of Mount Carmel Academy and a Cum Laude graduate of Loyola University, where she received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree studying management and entrepreneurship. She earned her law degree from Loyola College of Law. Valenti is a Republican.

Judge Scott Schlegel, who rose to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal earlier this year, vacated the district court seat prompting the special election. The election for the Division D seat is scheduled for March 23, 2024. Qualifying opens on December 13, 2023.


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