Phone: 337-266-2233
Fax: 337-266-2231
Email: elena@pecorarolaw.com

Elena Arcos Pecoraro

Elena Arcos Pecoraro’s skills and qualifications go far beyond her almost 20 years of experience as a practicing attorney.  Having litigated over 350 civil cases, her courtroom success towers above her peers.  Elena is a graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.   She also holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from LSU.  Her combination of law and engineering degrees provides her with a unique understanding that face many of her industrial and business clients including railroad, helicopter and marine vessel companies.

Elena is the former chairwoman for the International Trade and Development Group for Lafayette, Louisiana, as well as an international business owner.  She has extensive experience  working abroad to facilitate new business opportunities.  As an immigrant from Chile who spent considerable time living abroad in Central America and Europe before gaining her U.S. citizenship as a teen, she knows the difficulties that families face to make a better life for themselves here in the U.S.  She also understands the challenges faced by business and Government entities traversing U.S.  Immigration laws.  This experience  further focuses the efforts of her immigration work.

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • Also admitted to practice Pro Hac Vice in Hawaii, Texas, Virginia, Utah, and Washington
  • Top Lawyer in Acadiana – 2014, 2015, and 2016
  • American Inn of Court Award – 2014 and 2015
  • Cali Award
  • Certified Tank Car Specialist (Certification in Emergency Preparedness and Response)

    • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      • J.D. – 2000
  • Louisiana State University
    • B.S. – 1997

  • Certified Tank Car Specialist (Certification in Emergency Preparedness and Response)American Bar Association, International Law and Practice Section
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, 2000 – current
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Lawyers
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Association
  • International Law Association
  • International Commercial Law Association of the International Law Association
  • Louisiana Leadership Graduate – 2015 – 2016
  • American Inn of Court (Lafayette), President, 2015 – 2016
  • Baton Rouge Inns of Court, Honorary Student Member, 1999 – 2000
  • International Trade and Development Group, Chair 2012 – 2015; Executive Board Member 2007 – 2016
  • Junior League of Lafayette
  • Episcopal School of Acadiana, Board of Trustees ( 2013 – current)
  • Former One Acadiana Board Member – Formerly the Greater Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • Community Foundation of Acadiana Board Member
  • The 705 Young Leaders, Former Member
  • National School Board Association Council of School Attorneys