Joseph L. Waitz, III



A native of Terrebonne Parish, Joseph L. Waitz, III, is Waitz & Downer’s personal injury practice specialist. He graduated with a degree in Business Management from Nicholls State University in 2009 before earning his Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in 2014. 

He is a past president of the Terrebonne Parish Bar Association and boasts millions of dollars achieved for clients in judgments or settlements for injuries since he joined the Waitz and Downer team in 2014.

Growing up among Terrebonne Parish’s waterways, he has developed an extensive background in Louisiana’s offshore marine industry. He spent four years prior to his legal studies as a deputy for the Terrebonne Parish Sheriff’s Office Water Patrol Division, conducting search and rescue operations. He has completed Sea School maritime training and subsequently earned a 100 Master Captains certification. 

He is committed to providing his clients with stern and aggressive representation to ensure they walk away with the maximum amount of compensation they may receive from a case.

When he is not practicing law, Waitz likes to spend his time with his family and in the outdoors, whether hunting, fishing, or playing golf. 


  • 2014 Southern University Law Center – Juris Doctorate degree
  • 2009 Nicholls State University – BS in Business Management

Practice Areas

Personal Injury
Maritime Injuries
Offshore Injuries

The Law Firm of Waitz & Downer

Joseph Waitz III

The law firm of Waitz & Downer was founded in 1971 by the late Joseph L. Waitz to provide legal practice to the Gulf Coast region through a specialization in helping injured persons and devastated families who have suffered a catastrophic loss in an oil field accident, maritime accident, auto or boating accident that resulted in serious personal injury or wrongful death. The firm also counsels clients on Social Security and disability claims, as well as wills and successions.

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