Annette M. Fontana was elected as Clerk of Court of Lafourche Parish on October 24, 2015. She began her term as Clerk on July 1, 2016. In March of 2017 she obtained the designation as a Certified Louisiana Clerk from the Louisiana Clerks of Court Association.
Prior to being elected as Clerk of Court, Fontana served as an Assistant District Attorney for Lafourche Parish as a felony prosecutor, prosecuting major crimes including homicides and other crimes of violence gaining extensive experience and knowledge in criminal law.
Fontana was also a private practicing attorney in Lafourche Parish with the law firm of Morvant & Cavell, APLC engaging in a general civil practice including family law, estate planning, successions and civil litigation. She taught Family Law at Nicholls State University from 2009 through 2015.
Fontana is an honor graduate of Southern University Law Center where she obtained her Juris Doctorate in 2003. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Nicholls State University in 2000 and an Associate Degree in Business Management from Delgado Community College.
In 2015, she was named Best of Lafourche 40 Under 40, and in 2011 was chosen as one of the Top Women in Business by the Tri-Parish Times. She has twice (2013-14) received the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office Certificate of Commendation for her work as a felony prosecutor.
She has served as President of the Lafourche Parish Bar Association, Chairman of the Board of the Thibodaux Chamber of Commerce and as a chairperson on the American Red Cross Leadership Committee. She was a delegate to the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association and an advisory board member for the Bayou Country Children’s Museum. She volunteers for numerous civic activities, including Lafourche Fire District No.1 and Thibodaux Main Street.
She is focused on adapting the processes of the Clerk’s office to the information age to provide citizens, businesses and even visitors the resources to obtain all of the information they need when they need it.