William J. Dutel received his high school education in New Orleans at De La Salle High School, earned his B.S. degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans and J.D. from Tulane University. He was a member of Delta Sigma Pi accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Psi, accounting Honorary Fraternity and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. He has lived in Covington since 1987.
For the first nine years, he practiced law in the real estate closing and title insurance business as well as corporate and business litigation with his father, Louis G. Dutel, Jr. as Dutel & Dutel, a firm of eighteen attorneys in four offices. During that time he was managing partner. In 1985 he established his own firm, Dutel Law Firm. He maintains offices in New Orleans and Mandeville.
Mr. Dutel lectures on continuing legal education matters to probating attorneys. His most recent seminar includes a 2017 Continuing Legal Education program on successions titled “Estate Administration from Start to Finish – A Comprehensive, Step-By-Step Guide to the Estate Administration Process,” where he gave three talks, entitled: “Handling Creditor Claims and Debt,” “Complex Issues In Estate Administration,” and “Handling Estate Administration Tax Issues.”
In 2016 Continuing Legal Education program on successions titled “Probate Boot Camp,” where he gave three talks, entitled: “Educating the Personal Representative,” “Handling Debts and Creditor Claims” and “Probating Estates That Include a Business.”
In 2014 William J. Dutel attended the two and one half day American Bar Association American Law Institute Seminar on “Estate Planning for the Family Business Owner” in Boston.
His most recent lectures include a 2015 Continuing Legal Education lecture on “The Probate Process From Start To Finish – Handling Debts and Creditor Claims, Litigating the Case in Probate Court, Putting the Case to Rest and Closing The Estate.” In 2013, William Dutel presented “Probate Boot Camp – Handling Debts and Creditor Claims, Probate Litigation and Closing The Estate.” In 2012 he lectured on the topic of “Navigating the Trust Process from Start to Finish – Essential Knowledge For Working With Trusts and Mechanics of Drafting and Executing Trusts.” Also in 2012, William Dutel lectured on “The Probate Process From Start To Finish – Administering The Estate Effectively and Putting the Case to Rest and Closing The Estate.” In 2011 he spoke on “Drafting and Administering Special Needs Trusts – Drafting Solid Supplemental Needs Trusts – Sample Trust Review and Analysis.” In 2010 his lectures included a national program on “Estate Planning: Conflicts of Law in Different Jurisdictions” and “Handling Common Trust Controversial Issue and Litigation in Louisiana.“ He has also lectured at the American Bar Association Annual Meeting.
William J. Dutel has served for many years as a Judge of the finals of the American Bar Association’s Law Student Division Moot Court Competition. He served for two years as the Assistant Secretary of the American Bar Association’s Real Property, Probate and Trust section. He served on the Section’s Counsel for two years. He has been a delegate to the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates. He is a member of the Louisiana 22nd Judicial District Court Bar Association, the Louisiana 22nd Judicial District Court Inns of Court, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Kentucky Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He is also admitted to practice law in the State of Kentucky.
He is a past President of the University of New Orleans Alumni Association.
William J. Dutel practices in the area of wills, trusts and estates, corporate formation, corporate management, business sale and acquisitions. He litigates cases in the areas of successions, trusts, corporate and real estate disputes, as well as litigating interdiction cases. He has reported decisions in the areas of real estate rights such as drainage, servitudes and governmental taking, successions, banking, federal governmental programs, leases, partnership and corporations.
He has an AV Preeminent rating by the national organization Martindale-Hubbell, which is determined by input from his peers and is the highest rating by the organization.