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There is Life After Debt

D. Patrick “Rick” Keating has been actively engaged in his bankruptcy practice for over 35 years. Rick was born in Bryant, Arkansas, and came to Acadiana in 1973, to attend the University of Southwestern Louisiana. Rick graduated from USL in 1977, and worked locally for several years. He attended the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and received his Juris Doctor in 1984. Rick first practiced law in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and, in 1986, joined a firm in Opelousas, practicing in its bankruptcy department. In September of 1995, Rick formed 'D. Patrick Keating, APLC' and practiced law as a sole practitioner in Opelousas, with an emphasis on bankruptcy matters. In October of 2010, he moved his office to Lafayette and formed “The Keating Firm, APLC” to continue his bankruptcy law practice.

Rick is the past Vice-President of the Southwest Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar Association and is a member of the Louisiana, Lafayette Parish and St. Landry Parish Bar Associations. Rick is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana and in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Rick has developed a wealth of experience in all aspects of bankruptcy. He has represented individual and business debtors in Chapter 7, 13, and 11 cases, as well as creditors, trustees, and third parties in bankruptcy related matters.

Rick helps his clients realize that 'there is life after debt.' Rick has the experience and compassion in times of personal financial struggles and realizes that financial issues affect your entire life and well-being. Rick understands that bankruptcy is a last resort and he will take the time to understand and analyze your particular financial situation and recommend common sense solutions.

Rick is located at 220 Heymann Blvd., Lafayette, Louisiana and may be reached at (337) 233-0300 or at [email protected]

Your initial consultation is free and appointments may be scheduled Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. After hours or weekend appointments may also be scheduled at your convenience.


Admission Details

  • 1984, Louisiana

Law School Attended

  • Louisiana State University, Class of 1984, J.D.

University Attended

  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, Class of 1977, B.A.

Associations & Memberships

  • Baton Rouge (Member, Baton Rouge Pro Bono Program, 1986), St. Landry Parish and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Southwest Louisiana Bankruptcy Bar Association