Term Ends: 2020
Abels is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state district and appellate courts. He is also licensed to practice in all federal courts in Louisiana and he is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court. Abels is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, and the 21st Judicial District Court Bar Association.
Abels is a graduate of the Leadership Livingston Class of 2014 and the Leadership Tangipahoa Class of 2018. He served on the Board of Directors of the Livingston Parish Chamber of Commerce for nine years and was on its Executive Committee for five years, serving as Chairman of the Board in 2016. He was the Chamber’s Member of the Year in 2008 and his firm was Small Business of the Year in 2011. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Greater Hammond Chamber of Commerce.
Abels attended Southeastern Louisiana University before earning his Bachelor of Criminal Justice degree from LSU, and his law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. At the Law Center, he was a member of the Appellate Advocacy Board and a finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition.
Abels is the son of the late Harold Abels, Sr., and Gloria Abels and the nephew of long-time Livingston Parish Assessor, the late “Bubbie” Abels. He is a member of Hebron Baptist Church and a lifetime member of the NRA.
Abels and his law firm have been active in the communities they serve for many years, sponsoring numerous organizations and schools. Abels also spent many years as a volunteer in the Denham Springs parks and recreation system, coaching baseball and basketball.