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Best In Show: John Ginart, Ginart & Associates Trial Lawyers

Best In Show: John Ginart, Ginart & Associates Trial Lawyers
Best In Show: John Ginart, Ginart & Associates Trial Lawyers
Ginart & Associates Trial Lawyers

Growing up in an extremely close-knit, compassionate family, John Ginart was instilled with meaningful and altruistic lessons as a young boy. He learned that the most important things in life are family, friends and community, and that lending a hand when someone is in need is simply the right thing to do. And his mother Alice, an avid dog lover, taught him that a home is not complete without the companionship of a dog. “I’ve never not had a dog in my life. I grew up with dogs and have always loved them. When I was born we had a poodle named Mignon, then came Fifi, later we got a Chesapeake Bay Retriever named Champ, and now my parents have Cuddles, a toy poodle mix. There’s just something about a dog’s unconditional love that can’t be matched. When you have a bad day, they’re there to pick you up and there’s always someone there to love you. And, even when they get upset with you, they quickly forget about it,” he explains.

Today, the 28-year-old newlywed (he married his sweetheart Ashley last April) has a gregarious 9-year-old, “happy-go-lucky” Havanese named Audrey, who has never met a stranger. “Audrey loves everyone and just wants to cuddle,” John states. “When you sit on the sofa, she just wants to be right by your side. She has full run of the house and is spoiled rotten, but we wouldn’t have it any other way.”

As if a budding law career and new marriage were not enough to juggle, John is also discovering his way around fatherhood. He and Ashley are proud parents to 9-year-old Averi and 4-month-old Michael Arthur, named after John’s father Mike Ginart, who co-founded the law firm in 1989, then known as Tonry and Ginart. “Audrey is great with the baby. She sits by his side when he naps and he seems to be fine with her as well, until she licks him across his face. He’s not a fan of puppy kisses just yet,” he chuckles.

John did not always aspire to be an attorney. “When I was a kid, one my dad’s friends had a farm and crawfish pond. To a 10-year-old, eating fresh corn that we picked and shucked and catching crawfish sounded pretty cool, so I wanted to be a farmer,” he says. “As I got older, I thought about teaching or coaching as a career because my family is filled with teachers, and I’ve always loved coaching. But while I was in college, I decided that attending law school might be a good way to go, and my backup plan was teaching. I passed the bar on the first try, and I haven’t looked back since.”

John was raised in a family who loves helping people and supporting their community. “While most of my family are in education including my mom and grandmother, my dad took another path to helping people. He never tried to influence me to follow in his footsteps and wanted me to make my own decisions. Seeing him advise, comfort and assist people during times of need is what drew me to law. It was more about his actions than is words. I’m blessed to have an amazing family and with my dad, I’m twice as blessed to have him as a role model both personally and professionally.”

Ginart & Associates is a general practice law firm with an emphasis on personal injury, medical malpractice and maritime law. “It doesn’t matter if it’s a small or large claim, we put our hearts into every case we take on. The firm handles wills for teachers, firemen [his late grandfather was a St. Bernard Parish firefighter] and police officers free of charge. “It’s our way to give back to those who help others in the community.” The one thing they don’t handle is tax law. “Because you don’t mess with Uncle Sam!”

The Southern University Law Center graduate has been practicing law for four years, but has not completely abandoned his dream of coaching. “I love coaching and I’m fortunate that I have the opportunity to coach my step-daughter Averi’s team, so I can still keep my hands in guiding others,” he adds. As for John’s wife Ashley, she too is following the family’s service path and will soon graduate to become a teacher.

When it comes to our fur babies, John sums it up best. “No matter what walk of life you come from, we all deserve to have companionships, and dogs provide that with no strings attached. They just want to give love and be loved back.”
Tagged in Life Fur Real in our Spring 2022 issue