“Beau was great in his defense of my daughter. He was caring and gave her a stern talk that only a father can give. She has not been in any trouble since. His service changed our lives for the better. Thanks Beau!”
“About a few years back I got entangled with the law and saw no hope in my future. But Beau was excellent and got me off the hook. 100 out of 5 stars!”
“Was very ethical and thorough in my interaction with him. Respected the professional opinion I offered. Definitely had his client’s best interest at the forefront of his thinking and actions. Forthright. No hidden agendas.”
“Beau helped me with my case and he was very efficient! I am a student and needed it off my record and he was quick about everything. He was very personable and I loved working with him. He did everything in his power to make sure that everything went well with my case. Thanks for everything, I really appreciate it!”
“I cannot say enough about how thankful I am to have had Beau as my lawyer. I was arrested on multiple felony drug charges and faced jail time and the loss of ability to continue in my profession. I ended up with a misdemeanor charge and unsupervised probation. Beau goes beyond that of most by assuring the District Attorney knows exactly who you are and not just some case number. I did what he asked of me and he was able to work with the DA to get a very fair deal. I would recommend Beau to anyone who has made mistakes and is trying to get their lives back in order and on the right track. He truly cares about his clients and the outcome of the case not just the associated fees! GREAT JOB!”
Beau James Brock
Beau was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell until moving to Apple Valley, Minnesota, where his family moved until he graduated from high school. He returned to Louisiana in 1984 to attend L.S.U. and then law school at the L.S.U. Paul Hebert Law Center.
Beau’s practice currently is primarily in the areas of criminal defense, DWI, environmental law, governmental relations and representation of victims of crime.
After graduating law school in 1991, he began his legal career as an Assistant District Attorney with East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney’s office during the Doug Moreau administration. During his tenure from October 1991 to March 1999, cumulatively, while handling more than 2,000 cases, he prosecuted fifty-three (53) felony jury trials without fail with sixteen (16) of his prosecutions resulting in mandatory life imprisonment sentences and three (3) death penalty sentences.
After being advanced from his initial position of misdemeanor prosecutor to felony prosecutor in March 1993, he was transferred to the District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Division where he worked until September 1994. In October 1994, he was moved to Felony Trial Section II with the bulk of the cases then handled by him involving crimes of violence including murder, rape, juvenile sex crimes, robbery, burglary, and kidnapping. From his first day in the office, in addition to his regular docket, he also prosecuted environmental crimes beginning in 1991 and was named the Environmental Crimes Chief for the office acting in that capacity from 1996 until leaving the office.
In March 1999, Beau began working for the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the Regional Criminal Enforcement Counsel (RCEC) for the Baton Rouge Resident office for EPA Region VI. In this capacity, he acted as sole in-house counsel in Louisiana for the enforcement of Federal environmental crimes and worked in concert with EPA-CID agents in the investigative process. He was also appointed Special Assistant United States Attorney (SAUSA) on January 18, 2000, for a one (1) year term, in the Federal Middle District of Louisiana, and re-appointed SAUSA for two (2) other one year terms extended until January 17, 2003, and worked on environmental criminal prosecution teams in the Federal Middle District during that time. He was also appointed SAUSA, in the Eastern District of Texas, in October 2007 through October 2008 on an environmental criminal case. Finally, he was also appointed a Special Assistant District Attorney in Iberville Parish and seated and oversaw the first grand jury in state history to hear exclusively environmental criminal matters.
He was appointed Assistant to the Secretary of the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ) by then-incoming LDEQ Secretary Dr. Harold “Hal” Leggett, February 11, 2008, and reappointed by his successor, Secretary Peggy Hatch, in January 2010. As such, he performed duties in environmental law and policy as a member of the Secretary’s Executive Staff and acted as a key problem solver for the Secretary and his/her staff. His areas of concern involved the breadth and depth of the entire agency and, at times, included project management and supervision of large groups of employees for specialized and limited terms when called upon by the Secretary.
In particular, he was designated Hurricane Gustav and Ike Coordinator for the agency in handling non-Incident Command and control issues and hurricane debris management under the direction of the Assistant Secretary of Office of Environmental Services. He regularly coordinated with state-wide and locally elected officials, trade associations, and environmental groups in order to effectively communicate and implement the policies of the department. He managed the LDEQ-Criminal Investigation Division, and completely remodeled its organizational structure and renewed its integrity and mission capability. He led the planning and implementation of the inaugural LDEQ Green Business Expo in August 2010 which proved highly successful for our state.
On August 10, 2010, he was selected by LDEQ Secretary Hatch and appointed by Governor Jindal, to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Environmental Compliance (OEC) at LDEQ. As OEC Assistant Secretary, he is responsible for administering the Civil Enforcement, Surveillance, Emergency Response & Radiation, Air Quality Assessment, and Water Assessment Divisions. In this position, he led several successful initiatives for the department such as the Municipal Sewer Assistance Program, Field Compliance Order plan, development of a new complaint policy, the initiation of the “Cleanfields” program, and the “green thumb” application of the Louisiana Modernization tax credit for pro-active environmental emission reductions, in conjunction with the LED. As Assistant Secretary, Beau was responsible for managing a staff of 432 employees at LDEQ. He resigned this position to join the firm effective, January 21, 2011 and began with the firm on January 24, 2011.
Beau lives in Sherwood Forest subdivision, in Baton Rouge, since 1993. He is divorced after having been married for 23 years. He and his ex-wife Caroline Gunn Brock have five children: Katie (27) is married and serves as a Captain in the United States Air Force, and is a 2013 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy; Lauren (25), a graduate of St. Joseph’s Academy, is employed by the state of Louisiana; Travis (20), a sophomore at Southeastern Louisiana University and graduate of Catholic High in Baton Rouge; James (18), a senior at Catholic High in Baton Rouge; and Tommy (15), a sophomore at Catholic High in Baton Rouge. All five children graduated from St. Thomas More Catholic School (Pre K-8) in Baton Rouge. He is a member of St. Thomas More Catholic Church.
Beau coaches both girls and boys middle school and youth basketball in his spare time. He co-founded the volunteer organization Aquinas League and for 13 years organized and ran adult charity tennis events in Baton Rouge from 2003-2015.
Attorney Beau James Brock has Achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating - the Highest Possible Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Beau James Brock, a lawyer based in Baton Rouge, LA whose primary area of practice is Criminal Law, has earned the AV Preeminent® rating from Martindale-Hubbell®
For more than 130 years, lawyers have relied on the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating while searching for their own expert attorneys. Now anyone can make use of this trusted rating by looking up a lawyer’s rating on Lawyers.com or martindale.com. The Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® rating is the highest possible rating for an attorney for both ethical standards and legal ability. This rating represents the pinnacle of professional excellence. It is achieved only after an attorney has been reviewed and recommended by their peers – members of the bar and the judiciary. Congratulations go to Beau James Brock who has achieved the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell®.
Beau James Brock commented on the recognition: “The Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating is a credential highly valued and sought after in the legal world. It used to be a sort of secret among attorneys who used the rating as a first screen when they needed to hire a lawyer they did not personally know. Now, thanks to the Internet, the Rating is a great way for anyone – lawyers or lay people – to use to screen lawyers. I am thankful to my peers who nominated me for this distinction, and proud to have earned this, the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell rating.”
To find out more or to contact Beau James Brock of Baton Rouge, LA, call 225-383-9703.
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This press release was written by American Registry, LLC, with approval by Martindale-Hubbell as well as approval and/or contributions from Beau James Brock.
Beau James Brock
Email Address: Beau@manassehandgill.com
Areas of Practice
- Environmental Criminal Law
- White Collar Crimes
- Crimes of Violence
Environmental Law & Policy
Louisiana State Bar Association – October 11, 1991.
Federal Middle District of Louisiana – February 1, 2000.
- Andre Belanger, Beau James Brock, The Practice of Criminal Defense, Principles of Why We Fight, 257 Around the Bar 10 (September 2011)
- Getting to Know Some of Baton Rouge’s Young Criminal Lawyers, 257 Around the Bar 20 (September 2011).
- Don’t Tread on Me! Greenhouse Gases Must Never Choke American Freedom, 3 Regent J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 139 (Spring 2011).
- Leviathan Menacing the Gulf Coast: Catastrophic Consequences May Imperil the Rule of Law, 18 Buff. Envt’l. L.J. 131 (Fall 2010).
- Modern American Supreme Court Judicial Methodology and Its Origins: A Critical Analysis of the Legal Thought of Roscoe Pound, 35 J. Legal Prof. 187 (Spring 2011).
- Beau James Brock, Peggy Hatch & Vladimir Alexander Appeaning. Ph.D., Protecting Our Most Vulnerable Communities: Louisiana Wastewater Infrastructure Recovery, 18 U. Balt. J. Envtl. L. 1 (Fall 2010).
- Hanousek v. United States: Social Engineering Encroaching on Individual Liberty, 245 Around the Bar 18 (May 2010).
- Harold Leggett, Ph.D., Beau James Brock, The Moral Limits of Jurisdiction, 27 Environmental Forum 32 (May/June 2010).
- Iconography and the Polite Art of Saying Nice Doggie, The Bencher (July/August 2009, p. 10).
- A Profile of the District Attorney’s Office, East Baton Rouge, LA, 36 The Prosecutor 42 (March/April 2002).
- Interview With A Prosecutor: Capitol Punishment Issues in the Capital City, 165 Around the Bar 12 (March 2002).
- The Current State of Environmental Criminal Enforcement in Louisiana, An Insider’s View, 162 Around the Bar 14 (Dec. 2001).
- Professionalism Lost: Where have you gone Atticus Finch? Our Nation turns its lonely eyes to you…, 156 Around the Bar 10 (April 2001).
- Comment, Mr. Justice Antonin Scalia: A Renaissance of Positivism and Predictability in Constitutional Adjudication, 51 La. L. Rev. 623 (1991).
- Prosecuting Environmental Crimes manual for Louisiana District Attorneys Association and Southern Environmental Enforcement Network continuing education seminar; (March 26, 1993) Managing Editor.
State of Louisiana v. Frank Ford Cosey
State of Louisiana v. Quincy Broaden
State of Louisiana v. David Bowie
State of Louisiana v. Johnny Williams
State of Louisiana v. Eugene Holmes
State of Louisiana v. Kevin Christy
United States v. Discovery Aluminas, et al
United States v. PCS Nitrogen, et al
United States v. SELA
Professional Associations and Memberships
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Member 2011 – Present
United States Eastern District Court of Louisiana
Member 2011 – Present
United States Western District Court of Louisiana
Member 2011 – Present
Co-Founder 2006 – Present
United States Middle District Court of Louisiana
Member 2000 – Present
Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
Associate Member 1994 – Present
St. Thomas More Catholic Church
Member 1993 – Present
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Member 1991 – Present
Louisiana State Bar Association
Member 1991 – Present
Catholic High Men’s Club
Member 2013 – 2015
St. Thomas More Usher Society
Member 1997 – 2008
Louisiana District Attorneys Association
Member 1991 – 1999
National District Attorneys Association
Member 1991 – 1999
Southern Environmental Enforcement Network
Member 1991 – 2008
Mr. Brock has given over one hundred presentations and lectures to legal, community, and other professional organizations in seminars and classes in Louisiana and other states. His primary areas of expertise are in criminal law, environmental criminal law, professionalism, and litigation.
Honors, Awards, and Appointments
10:1 Blackstone Order Award – Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers 2013
Bronze Medal – EPA- OECA 2012
Louisiana Tennis Association Special Event of the Year – 2010.
Southern Tennis Association Charity Event of the Year – 2009.
Louisiana Tennis Association Team Tennis Event of the Year – 2009.
On the Spot Award from EPA Region VI – October 2007.
Louisiana Tennis Association Organization of the Year – 2007.
Louisiana Tennis Association Charity Event of the Year – 2007.
Elected to Board position of Publicity/Parliamentarian for Dean Henry George Chapter of the American Inns of Court for 2007-08 term in June 2007 and 2009-2010 term in June 2009.
QSI award from EPA Region VI – June 2007.
Southern Tennis Association Team Tennis Event of the Year – 2006.
Louisiana Tennis Association Charity Event of the Year – 2006
Louisiana Tennis Association Team Tennis Event of the Year – 2006.
Louisiana Tennis Association Charity Event of the Year – 2005.
Louisiana Tennis Association Charity Event of the Year – 2004.
Bronze Medal from EPA OCEFT – June 2004.
Louisiana Tennis Association Co-Charity Event of the Year – 2003.
Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award from E.P.A. Region VI – July 2003.
Superior Accomplishment Recognition Team Award from E.P.A.-C.I.D. HQ – August 2002.
Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award from E.P.A. Region VI – August 2002.
Bronze Medal from EPA Region VI – June 2002.
2001 President’s Award from the Baton Rouge Bar Association – January 2002.
Defender of the Environment Award from LEAN – November 2001.
Bronze Medal from EPA Region VI – September 2001.
On the Spot Award from EPA Region VI – June 2001.
On the Spot Award from EPA Region VI – March 2001.
On the Spot Award from NETI-FLETC Office – September 2000.
Superior Accomplishment Recognition Award from E.P.A. Region VI – August 2000.
St. Thomas More Pastoral Council, Young Man-at-Large seat, on May 28, 2000, for a two (2) year term.
E.P.A. Region VI Just Do It Award – January 2000
Elected to Young Lawyer Council of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section, 1998 and 1999.
Elected President of the Sherwood Forest Civic Association 2000 & 2001; Vice-President Sherwood Forest Civic Association, 1999; Appointed Secretary of the Sherwood Forest Civic Association, 1998.
Elected Secretary of the Aquatic Club of Baton Rouge 2000.
1997 Public Service Award by the American Bar Association’s National Association of Bar Executives and LEXIS-NEXIS for Bar Associations in our size category as a member of Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Volunteer Committee.
Past Employment Positions
East Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office (October 1991-March 1999)
United States Environmental Protection Agency (March 1999-February 2008)
Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (February 2008-January 2011)