HHS Attorneys

Shayna Sonnier

Shayna Sonnier

Shayna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and ultimately, a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. She joined Hunter, Hunter, & Sonnier in 2010 and specializes in general litigation, family law, estate planning, and successions, licensed both in Louisiana and Texas.

Early in her life, Shayna witnessed the value of a skilled attorney as her family faced a significant legal battle, and this experience inspired her to pursue a career in law. She is passionate about her faith, family, community, and work and volunteers her time as part of numerous organizations and associations. Peers will attest some of the many characteristics that set Shayna apart are both her ability to establish trust with her clients as well as her hands-on approach to every case.

In her free time, Shayna enjoys spending time with her family, friends, and animals, playing tennis, and traveling. Her favorite quote is, “We live as though the world were as it should be, to show it what it can be.”

  • LSBA, Treasurer-Elect (2018 – 2020 Term)
  • LSBA, Board of Governors, District 4 Representative (2013 – 2016)
  • LSBA, Young Lawyers Council Past-Chair (2012 – 2013)
  • LSBA, Young Lawyers Division, District 4 Representative (2007 – 2013)
  • LSBA, Young Lawyers Council, Chair (2011 – 2012)
  • LSBA, Board of Governors (2011 – 2012)
  • LSBA, Budget Committee (2010 – 2011)
  • LSBA, Young Lawyers Council Chair-Elect (2010 – 2011)
  • LSBA, Young Lawyers Council, Secretary (2009 – 2010)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Member (2016 – 2019)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, Fellow (2012, 2016 – 2018)
  • SWLBA, Member (2005 – Present)
  • SWLBA, YLS President (2007, 2008)
  • SWLBA, Executive Council (2007 – 2017)
  • SWLBA, Secretary (2013)
  • SWLBA, Treasurer (2014)
  • SWLBA, President-Elect (2015)
  • SWLBA, President (2016)
  • SWLBA, Past-President (2017)
Edwin F. Hunter III

Edwin F. Hunter III

Edwin F. Hunter III graduated with honors from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001 and then graduated cum laude from Tulane University School of Law in 2004. A seasoned corporate and transactional attorney, Mr. Hunter has been lead counsel on a broad spectrum of matters including nine figure corporate loans, commercial debt restructuring, and multiple private equity backed mergers and acquisitions.

Through the years Mr. Hunter has served on the board of directors for dozens of clients and has been the chairman of the board of directors for multiple successful corporations. Mr. Hunter has proudly served as lead general counsel for an international company with an EBITA of over $100 million annually, but has also served as general counsel for startup companies that he has led from the conceptual stage, through growth stage, through eventual multi-million dollar acquisitions. Mr. Hunter has overseen, drafted, and implemented dozens of program related investments in the technology and research sector and regularly works with institutions such as Tulane University, Louisiana State University, and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Though rarely handling litigation personally, Mr. Hunter has consulted with and supervised lawyers from dozens of firms around the United States, Mexico, Belize, Great Britain, and Hong Kong in disputes for his clients in a wide range of complex commercial matters.

Though Mr. Hunter currently focuses primarily on his legal practice, he has a strong background as a purchasing agent that negotiated and oversaw the acquisition of tens of millions of dollars of equipment for various clients. Additionally, for many years Mr. Hunter has served as the compliance officer for various Louisiana and Texas based hospitals as well as for brick and mortar gaming operations and gaming management software companies.

On a personal level, Mr. Hunter was president of the Jennings Rotary Club in 2006 and was an observer to the Louisiana State Law Institute in 2009 and then was a full voting member to that prestigious organization in 2010 and 2011 as one of the two representatives of the Louisiana Young Lawyers Association. Mr. Hunter served as a director of the South West Louisiana Community Foundation from 2006-2013 and was the chair of the Foundation’s CLE program for attorneys and certified public accountants for three of those years. Mr. Hunter dedicates a large portion of his time to working with private foundations and community foundations.

Business Law

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Litigation consulting
  • International acquisitions
  • Compliance

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