A graduate of Loyola University New Orleans and Loyola University, School of Law, a qualified civil law mediator and attorney, Richard Perque began his legal career with his grandfather Risley “Pappy” Triche, and mother, Jane Triche-Milazzo, in their family-run law practice in his hometown of Napoleonville, Louisiana.
In 2007, Richard opened his own private practice in New Orleans to serve in the areas of family law, wills and estates, personal injury, civil rights, and corporate and general civil litigation, following his grandfather’s retirement and mother’s election to the District Court in the 23rd Judicial District and subsequent nomination by President Barack Obama to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
In 2014, Richard was nominated by Councilmember Jason Williams, and unanimously confirmed by the New Orleans City Council, to serve on the Human Relations Commission for the City of New Orleans where he served until 2016. The Commission investigates and adjudicates complaints of discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and private clubs. As a Commissioner, Richard’s responsibilities included holding public hearings to consider cases, enforcing the Commission’s decisions and orders in compliance with the New Orleans City Code, and issue decisions applying the City’s Human Rights Laws to individuals or class action cases.
In 2016, Governor John Bel Edwards nominated, and the Louisiana State Senate, confirmed Richard to serve as a Commissioner to the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, representing the 2nd District – a position in which he presently serves. The Commission enforces specific laws pertaining to discriminatory practices in the state of Louisiana, handling complaints of employment discrimination, as well as providing protection against discrimination in public accommodation and banking and lending practices.
Richard is also a board member for the Morris Jeff Community School in New Orleans and for the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund.