Emily LaCerte

Emily LaCerte joined the Louisiana offices of Baron & Budd as an associate in 2022. She represents our clients who have developed mesothelioma and other diseases as a result of their exposure to the toxic mineral asbestos by manufacturers who chose to put profit over safety.

Ms. LaCerte was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She attended college at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where she graduated with a degree in government and was awarded the Herbert Lee Connelly Prize for ability in nonfiction writing. After college, Ms. LaCerte worked in the United States Senate for Senator Charles E. Schumer and collaborated with a political journalist on a book about the House of Representatives. Ms. LaCerte then moved abroad to Beijing, China, where she worked for several years as a freelance copywriter and editor in the tech sector.

Ms. LaCerte attended law school at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, graduating cum laude in 2018. For the next four years, Ms. LaCerte served as a Term Law Clerk to Chief Judge Shelly D. Dick in the Middle District of Louisiana. Federal clerkship provided Ms. LaCerte an opportunity to be involved in a wide variety of civil matters, to hone her expertise in briefing and motions practice, and to observe firsthand how a favorable jury verdict can restore justice for a wronged individual.

Ms. LaCerte is passionate about standing up for what is right. From a young age, she was inspired to be an advocate by her father, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter, and her mother, the CEO of an agency providing mental health services and support to families facing adversity in Milwaukee. After several years focusing on writing as a career, Ms. LaCerte was motivated to pursue law because of the meaningful and tangible ways lawyers can impact the lives of their clients. “The law is a powerful tool that, in the right hands, can transform lives. I am proud to be part of the Baron & Budd team helping individuals and their families seek justice for the harm they suffered by exposure to asbestos.”

Outside of the office, Ms. LaCerte is an avid hiker and traveler, having previously worked as a wilderness trip leader in Tanzania, Ecuador, Costa Rica, Utah, and Colorado. Closer to home, she enjoys running, cooking, and spending time with her husband and children in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D./D.C.L., cum laude 2018)

Wesleyan University (B.A. Government, 2008)

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Baton Rouge Bar Association


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