James Lochridge, Jr.

Since beginning his mediation practice in 2015, Jim Lochridge has mediated over 550 cases with hundreds of those claims resolved successfully. His vast array of experience makes him a prime choice as your next mediator.



Jim Lochridge is a shareholder and president of Voorhies & Labbé in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has been practicing law for 33 years. He has tried jury and bench trials in both State and Federal Court, as well as argued before numerous Appellate Courts. Mr. Lochridge’s background includes insurance, professional liability and land-based casualty defense. He’s worked with public entities, trucking companies, oil refineries and a major fast-food chain restaurant.

Mr. Lochridge also has taught Business Law as an adjunct professor at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (now, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette).

Mr. Lochridge was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1990, as well as the U.S. District Court – Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. He is a member of Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, American Bar Association, Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (“FDCC”).

Born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Lochridge is a Jesuit High School alum. He now resides in Lafayette, Louisiana with his wife, Jan. He routinely travels statewide to conduct mediations.


"You’re very, very good. It’s a genuine gift to be able to change people’s perspective gently toward a greater goal. Truly!"

"Seeing you give 110% day in and day out reinvigorates my spirit. ... You have earned the reputation you now have. You have mastered the art of keeping both sides happy and they will continue to come back again and again."

“Thanks, Jimbo. Excellent work on Friday, by the way. I've recommended we place you on our 'short list' of preferred mediators.”

“I know you worked hard and ... I greatly appreciate it.”

“Jim, great job yesterday. I know you don't fish for compliments but I think very highly of you.”

“Again, I want to thank you for a great mediation yesterday. It wasn't your run of the mill case and it was the first time we have mediated a case together. Both of which creates their own challenges. ... You went above and beyond and got it done. Very impressive. ... Hope to work with you again soon.”

“We were happy to resolve our differences outside of court, and your efforts toward that goal were laudable. In particular, we appreciate your efforts to put our clients at ease and reassure them of the integrity of the process. Your work was professional and forthright, yet also empathetic to the concerns of both sides.”

“Great job yesterday. My client and I both were very impressed with the way you conducted a very difficult mediation and ... they were pleased with the settlement...”

“Our client today was impressed with how prepared and engaged he was... If you are looking for a mediator who likely is acceptable to Plaintiffs and understands the issues, positions of clients and counsel and nuances, and who is effective without trumpeting how effective he is, contact Lochridge.”

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