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 Traci Shirley Thompson (2/10/2016) 


Traci Shirley Thompson

Kantrow Spaht Weaver and Blitzer


Areas of Practice:

I specialize in transactional and regulatory healthcare law. I am currently transitioning to a new Baton Rouge firm, Kantrow Spaht, to help build their healthcare practice.

Favorite BRBA project or event:

The Holiday Star Project because it allows us to help fulfill children's Christmas wishes.

If you weren't an attorney, what profession do you think you might choose:

I was an English major at the University of Virginia and I love to read and write, so likely something in the book industry. I co-authored a children's book about UVA and thoroughly enjoyed the whole process especiallly the final product!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be?

Shape-shifting, but only if my original shape looks exactly like the human Rebecca Romijn. I have to qualify that answer because I don't think blue scales are my thing. 

Generally likes to read:

I am an avid reader so it varies. I will say that I typically lean toward fiction and, as a general rule, I stay away from anything Oprah's Book Club recommends or anything by Nicholas Sparks -- I don't like to read books that I know will make me cry.

Memorable vacation:

Honeymoon planning was my break from bar prep so I did some extensive research and found the island of Mustique. It would take pages for me to explain how amazing it was. Unfortunately, thanks to Prince William and Kate Middleton vacationing there two weeks later, we'll never be able to afford to go back!


I have an amazing husband who is also an attorney, Michael Thompson, and two wonderful, non-stop boys:  Charlie, age six, and Benjamin, age two.

Suggestion for young lawyers:

Run away! I'm just kidding. It's a tough market out there for all ages given rising client expectations, increased competition, among other things. I would strongly suggest that young lawyers try to differentiate themselves in their market. I focused my practice early on healthcare and it was one of the best professional decisions I have made.

Culinary talent:

I'd say I'm more known for my mixology talents. My most famous (or some may say infamous) adult beverage is the Mint Jenny . . . a Belly Up with the Bar award winner!

Favorite saying/quote:

I think Bob Marley summed life up best when he said, "Love the life you live. Live the life you love." Life goes by in a blur so I have to stop and remind myself at times to appreciate it.

Favorite restaurant:

At the moment, I would have to say DiGiulio Brothers. I'm a sucker for Italian food and a piece of Nanette Mayhall's red velvet cake takes it up to eleven.

Guilty pleasure:

During those three weeks a year where the weather is a perfect 75 degrees, I like to kidnap my husband or a friend for a long lunch outside. The weather is just too gorgeous (and fleeting) to sit in front of a computer all day long.

If you would like to contact Traci, her email address is
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