William Lucas, prominent attorney, rites announced

WILLIAM M. LUCAS, JR., a prominent New Orleans attorney, passed away at Lambeth House on Saturday May 11, 2019. He was 91.


A lifelong resident of the Crescent City, he derived particular satisfaction in litigating cases which protected First Amendment rights to free speech. He was a partner in his own firm for many years and was also a member of Sessions, Fishman at the end of his career. He was a past President of Temple Sinai.

A graduate of Fortier High School, Lucas graduated from Tulane University and the Tulane School of Law. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving at the very end and after World War II. He practiced civil law and was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. He argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court (and won both cases).

Lucas was predeceased by his first wife Jane Levy Lucas and by Miriam Weill Lucas in a second marriage. He is survived by his two children, William Lucas of Boca Raton, FL. and Fay Lucas Oringel of Boynton Beach, FL, his four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will take place in the Feibelman Chapel of Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. on Tuesday morning May 14, 2019 at 11:3o a.m. Rabbi Ed Paul Cohn will officiate. A luncheon reception will follow the service. Graveside interment will precede the memorial service and will take place at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3 (Frenchman at Pelopidas Streets) at 10:15 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Temple Sinai are suggested.

Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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