Dodson Selected for Leadership Louisiana Class of 2022

Fishman Haygood is pleased to announce that Mike Dodson, a partner in the firm’s Litigation Section, has been selected for the 2022 Leadership Louisiana class. The program, an initiative of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL), was established in 1989 to offer civic-minded citizens a deeper understanding of the challenges facing our state and the solutions that can help move us forward. Participants demonstrate a willingness to lead, maintain high levels of personal and professional excellence, and feel responsible for and committed to making Louisiana a better place. Read more about Dodson in the Biz New Orleans feature “People On The Move.”

Dodson is a member of The Pro Bono Project’s board of directors, a group with a mission to ensure equal access to justice for Louisiana’s most economically disadvantaged citizens. He is active in firm outreach, including by helping to organize the firm’s participation in community-centered events like the New Orleans Bar Association Bar & Grille Cooking Competition, which raises funds for the Veterans Justice Fellowship, a Southeast Louisiana Legal Services initiative that helps provide life-changing civil legal help to address the needs of low-income veterans in our community. Dodson is also a member of and assists with planning programming for the Louisiana Council of the Urban Land Institute, an organization focused on highlighting and encouraging economic development throughout the state, and he serves as chair of the Real Property Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution committee of the American Bar Association.

Since its inception, Leadership Louisiana has trained more than 1,400 leaders from civic, business, professional, governmental, education, cultural, and nonprofit sectors. Dodson joins 52 other participants in making a one-year commitment to six, two-day sessions at sites across the state. Discussion topics include workforce training, economic strategies for growth, politics, criminal justice, and healthcare, among others.

“My goal is to graduate from Leadership Louisiana with a better understanding both of our state’s unique needs as well as potential ways to effect positive change,” Dodson says.

Fishman Haygood takes pride in offering innovative solutions to the businesses, places, and people that form the backbone of commerce on the Gulf Coast and beyond. CABL is a nonprofit, nonpartisan statewide organization that works on issues in the public interest. Learn about CABL’s Leadership Louisiana program at