‘Rising Star’ lawyers recognized by national publication


Michael Antoon and his wife Alyson Vamvoras-Antoon were nominated and chosen as 2017 “Rising Stars.” by Louisiana Super Lawyers. Only 5 percent of attorneys in Louisiana receive this honor.

“I am honored to be designated as a Rising Star in the legal community by Super Lawyers,” said Michael. “I am even more proud that Super Lawyers also bestowed this honor on my wife, Alyson. We appreciate those colleagues who nominated us for the selection process.”

Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from over 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Super Lawyers requires two nominations from colleagues, independent research and evaluation based on relevant metrics, and is peer reviewed. The result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

“Practicing law is a means to help others and to effect needed positive societal changes,” said Michael. “I’m not sure that I would be happy in any other line of work.”

Michael attended Law School at Southern University Law Center from 2007-2010 where he received his juris doctor. He currently works as a trial attorney practicing with Vamvoras, Schwartzberg & Associates LLC in Lake Charles. Alyson is a solo-practitioner at Antoon Law Firm LLC in Lake Charles. She handles a variety of cases including child custody, criminal defense, personal injury and animal-related cases. She is also a certified family and divorce mediator.

Michael was born and raised in Natchitoches.  He attended Natchitoches Central High School and graduated in 2002. He attended Northwestern State University from 2002-2007 where he obtained a bachelors in business administration. Both of his parents, Johnny and Merle Antoon, and his sister, Danielle Cobb, are graduates of NSU.

“Natchitoches is truly a special place,” he said. “My Facebook newsfeed is routinely inundated with posts of pictures of old friends returning with their significant others and new-born children to enjoy the Christmas lights, fireworks, and other various festivities that occur throughout the year. Not everyone is lucky enough to be able to stay in Natchitoches after high school or college but those that leave do so carrying the fondest of memories and experiences that serve as the cornerstones of their character. Also, you just can’t beat the people.”

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