Samuel W. (Billy) Plauché
Mr. Plauché provides counsel on issues regarding natural resources, land use, and environmental regulations, including matters involving wetlands or hazardous waste, natural resource damage actions, and Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act challenges. He has represented clients on a variety of matters, from national regulatory issues impacting broad–based industry groups to funding agreements for infrastructure projects being developed by public/private partnerships. In addition, his practice includes administrative and judicial litigation. Billy serves clients in both the public and private sectors, including resource–based organizations such as shellfish growers and terrestrial farmers, states and municipalities, private developers and industrial clients. Billy has a well-earned reputation for being a strategic thinker and consensus-builder when coordinating among interested parties, including multiple agencies with jurisdiction over an issue.
Billy’s experience includes serving as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Defense Section. He has appeared before numerous state and federal trial courts and courts of appeal, as well as various Washington State administrative tribunals, including the Growth Management Hearings Board, the Pollution Control Hearings Board, the Shorelines Hearings Board, and numerous local governmental bodies. Early on in Billy’s career, he clerked for the Honorable Frank J. Polozola, U.S. District Court – Middle District of Louisiana.
Billy lectures extensively on various environmental, land use and administrative law issues, including the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act and Growth Management Act, and the federal and state Administrative Procedure Acts.
J.D., Louisiana State University, 1990
   Order of the Coif
   Louisiana Law Review, 1989 - 1990
      Editor-in-Chief, Volume 50, 1990
B.A., Louisiana State University, 1987
“Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers/Washington Law & Politics, 2003 - 2013
“Best Lawyers,” Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law (2012 - 2013), Best Lawyers of America 
“Best Lawyers,” Natural Resources Law, Environmental Law (2011), Seattle Business – 
   “Best Lawyers® The World’s Premier Guide” 2010 - 2011
Louisiana State Bar Association
Washington State Bar Association
   Environment and Land Use Law Section, Member
American Bar Association
    Environment, Energy and Resources Section, Member
Federal Bar Association
King County Bar Association
    Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Member
Environmental Law Institute
Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Commission
Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association
California Aquaculture Association
Court Admissions
U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Contact Samuel W. (Billy) Plauché

Plauché & Carr LLP
130 S. Audubon Blvd
Suite 102
Lafayette, Louisiana  70503
Phone: (337) 237-1213
Fax: (337) 232-3248


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Louisiana
  • Washington

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