Mike Durand was born New Orleans, Louisiana on December 27, 1951. He began his legal practice with the Onebane Law Firm in Lafayette, Louisiana in 1979 and has been with the firm ever since. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1979. He is also admitted to practice before all of the Louisiana U.S. District Courts (Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana). He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits. He graduated from Louisiana State University (B.A., 1975; J.D., 1978). He attended the prestigious University of Vermont Environmental Law Center in 1989 for a concentrated course of study in Environmental Law studying such topics as CERCLA, RCRA and Risk Assessment.