Tettleton stayed at the SBA for a year following graduation before enrolling at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. It was during a summer job at the Public Defender’s Office in Baton Rouge that he met Steven Babcock, who was in need of a law student for a research position. After receiving his J.D. in 2009, Tettleton immediately joined Babcock firm and became partner in 2014.
The bulk of Tettleton’s practice focuses on personal-injury cases, an area of law that he finds personally fulfilling.
“Folks come to us, mostly after an accident, and they are confused, concerned, they don’t know what the next step is,” he says. “I like being able to explain the process and take the burden of having to worry about the claim off them so all they have to worry about is going to the doctor and getting better. I think a lot of lawyers see dealing with clients as a negative, but I actually like that a lot.”
The greatest satisfaction, he says, comes when a case is concluded in a manner that benefits the client. “It’s rewarding when a case is resolved, whether it’s through a settlement or a trial and being able to look at them and remind them where they started from when they first came in and what they were dealing with at the time,” he says.
Tettleton enjoys the competitive aspects of being a plaintiff’s attorney, but also enjoys the intellectual appeal of the law, which is most evident in his substantial appellate work in which he strives to preserve or reverse trial verdicts.
Keeping up to date and involved within his profession has always been a high priority for Tettleton. He is an active member of the Baton Rouge chapter of the Federal Bar Association and is a past president of that organization.
He also is loyal to his adopted state of Louisiana, where he enjoys outdoor activities and LSU sports.