Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1966
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1963
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1966
Herschel Abbott, Jr.
Special Counsel
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8282 tel
504.589.8282 fax

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Herschel Abbott's experience not only spans the telecommunications and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) arenas, but also extends to electric utilities, the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the Public Service Commission, pipelines and oil production, and U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) litigation.

Mr. Abbott is a native of Monroe, Louisiana, and received his bachelor of arts degree from Tulane University and his juris doctor degree from the Tulane University Law School in 1963 and 1966, respectively. He served on the Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review from 1964–1966. After graduation, he served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Air Force for four years, including one year in the Republic of Vietnam. Mr. Abbott returned to Louisiana and joined Jones Walker in 1970, becoming a partner in the firm in 1973 and thereafter serving on its management committee. He joined BellSouth as General Counsel-Louisiana in 1991 and in 1995 became Associate General Counsel of BellSouth Telecommunications in Atlanta. In 1996, he was elected President of BellSouth's Louisiana operations, and in 2001 became the Vice President for Governmental Affairs, located in Washington, D.C.

Mr. Abbott has a long history of distinguished service in positions of leadership on corporate, civic, and charitable boards, and was awarded The Times-Picayune Loving Cup in 1999. The cup, awarded annually since 1901, recognizes residents who have worked unselfishly for the community without expectation of public acclaim or material reward. He was previously appointed by the then-Governor to the Louisiana Board of Regents and served as Chairman of the Board of Tulane University Hospital and Clinic, Chairman of The University of New Orleans Foundation, Chairman of the Committee of 100 for Economic Development, and on the Board of Directors for the World Trade Center of New Orleans, among many others. He currently serves on the boards of Baptist Community Ministries, The National World War II Museum, The University of New Orleans Foundation, and Dillard University.


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recipient of The Times-Picayune Loving Cup (1999)




  • Baptist Community Ministries (Board Member)
  • Committee of 100 for Economic Development (Chairman)
  • Dillard University (Board Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The National World War II Museum (Board Member)
  • New Orleans Recovery Authority Board
  • Order of St. John
  • Tulane University Hospital and Clinic (Chairman of the Board)
  • The University of New Orleans Foundation (Chairman)
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans (Member, Board of Directors)