Stars Of The South - 2010

Patrick Berrigan

When he isn’t involved in community work, Patrick Berrigan enjoys the outdoors. He also counts traveling to Ireland as one of his favorite pastimes.

Patrick is the city prosecutor of Slidell, Louisiana and is assistant district attorney assigned to Slidell City Court.

After graduating in the top ten percent of his class from Loyola University Law School and passing the bar, Patrick began practicing in Slidell in 1969. In 1971 he opened up his own practice to great success, and became the city attorney a year later.

As the city grew, so did Patrick’s practice. He was on the defense team in the Pan Am crash suit representing Pan Am and its insurers. He has been a prosecutor since 1970 and has served as a Special Prosecutor for the District Attorney of the 22nd Judicial District.

Currently, Patrick lectures on various topics to the Slidell, Mandeville and Covington police departments. He serves on Slidell’s Chamber of Commerce and is mayor of its Economic Development Committee. He was also a board member of Florida Parishes Human Services Authority from 2000 to 2007.

A practicing Roman Catholic, Patrick has been active in the Church community for forty years. He became a CCD Lay Teacher in 1970 and was the president of the board of directors at Slidell’s Pope John Paul II High School in 1989. He has also been an extraordinary lay minister for the Archdiocese of New Orleans since 1985. In 1996 he received the Order of St. Louis award, given to laypersons that have devoted their time to the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Patrick and his wife Barbara Ann Sedlacek, whom he met in law school, live in Slidell with their five children, Jenifer, Patrick Jr., Mary Elizabeth, Erin and Kim Theresa.

Patrick’s great-great-great-grandfather Jerimiah Berrigan left Liverpool on a ship bound for New Orleans in 1859. Like many Irish immigrants, he settled in an Irish enclave in what is now uptown New Orleans and became a tradesman. The Berrigans are from Counties Offaly and Tipperary.