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Modica - Dowden - Attorney Profiles

Distinguished Baton Rouge, Louisiana Lawyers

The partners at Modica - Dowden Attorneys at Law have over 45 years of experience representing individuals and families in a wide variety of legal matters. Our attorneys have broad professional and personal experience, which allows us to empathize with our client's situation while still providing honest, reliable legal advice and representation. Our firm is AV* rated, the highest rating available under Martindale Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating process.

Guy Modica   |   Susan Dowden

 Guy Modica

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Phone: 225-752-1800
1-800-834-3303 (Toll Free)
Fax: 225-296-8011
Email: guy@modicalaw.com

Guy Modica, born in Shreveport, Louisiana, received his Bachelor of Science degree from Louisiana State University in 1963. After serving his country as an officer in the Army, he attended the Paul M. Hebert (LSU) Law Center. While in law school, he was a member of the Moot Court Board, Phi Alpha Delta, and a Flory Trials participant. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1969 and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar that same year.

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In 1970, Mr. Modica was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle and Eastern District Courts of Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. In 1975 he was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court. Currently, Mr. Modica is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyer's Association) and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He has also served several years as a member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Trial Lawyer's Association and the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Mr. Modica has achieved the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV*.

Mr. Modica's practice of law has focused on litigation. He has practiced in many areas - criminal, family, bankruptcy, real estate, workers compensation, and personal injury law. Mr. Modica has tried numerous cases throughout Louisiana including, Shreveport, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Alexandria and the Baton Rouge area. Since 1995 Mr. Modica has focused his practice on personal injury law representing injured people and families of wrongful death victims. He has experience in all types of personal injury claims such as those involving automobiles, 18 wheelers, boats, heavy equipment, and on the job injuries.

Mr. Modica is an instrument rated airplane pilot and a Harley Davidson Motorcyclist. He has also been chosen as one of the "Top Lawyers in Louisiana" by the Lexus Network and has been chosen as one of the "Top Lawyers" as published in the Times Picayune.
Areas of Practice:
  • Wrongful Death
  • Personal Injury Law
  • Trial Advocacy
  • Litigation Percentage:
  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
Bar Admissions:
  • Louisiana, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1970
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1970
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1970
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
Education:
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1969
  • Juris Doctor
  • Honors: Member, Moot Court Board
  • Honors: Phi Alpha Delta
  • Louisiana State University, 1963
  • Bachelor of Science
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

Susan Dowden (Retired)  

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Phone: 225-752-1800
1-800-834-3303 (Toll Free)
Fax: 225-296-8011
Email: susan@modicalaw.com

Ms. Susan Dowden was born in Shreveport, Louisiana. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Louisiana State University, Shreveport in 1977. Ms. Dowden attended the Paul M. Hebert (LSU) Law Center where she was a member of Phi Delta Phi. She received her Juris Doctor degree in 1979 and was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar that same year.


In 1980 Ms. Dowden was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Ms. Dowden was admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in 1983. She is currently a member of the Baton Rouge and Louisiana State Bar Associations. Her civil practice focuses on probate, successions, wills, and appellate advocacy. Ms. Dowden is retired but still works part time as a legal assistant with Mr. Modica.
Areas of Practice:
  • Successions
  • Wills
  • Appellate Advocacy
Bar Admissions:
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
Education:
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1979
  • Juries Doctor

  • Member, Phi Delta Phi
  • Louisiana State University, Shreveport, Louisiana, 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts
Professional Associations and Memberships:
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Member
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