William M. Lucas Jr.

November 9, 1927May 11, 2019

William M. Lucas, Jr., a prominent New Orleans attorney, passed away at Lambeth House on Saturday May 11, 2019 at age 91 years. He was a lifelong resident of New Orleans graduating from Fortier High School, Tulane University and Tulane Law School. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy serving at the very end and after World War II. He practiced civil law and was a member of the Louisiana Bar Association. He argued twice before the U.S. Supreme Court (and won). He derived particular satisfaction in cases which protected first amendment rights to free speech. He was a partner in his own firm for many years and as a member of Sessions, Fishman at the end of his career. He was a past President of Temple Sinai. Mr. Lucas was the beloved husband of the late Jane Levy Lucas and by second marriage to Miriam Weill Lucas. He is survived by his two children, William Lucas of Boca Raton, Florida and Fay Lucas Oringel of Boynton Beach, Florida, his four grandchildren Aviva Gutnick, Ari Lucas, Jane Lucas and Katie Oringel, and his six great-grandchildren Rachel Gutnick, Hannah Gutnick, Daniel Gutnick, Rebecca Lucas, Lilly Lucas and Ben Richardson. A memorial service will take place in the Feibelman Chapel of Temple Sinai, 6227 St. Charles Ave. on Tuesday morning May 14, 2019 at 11:30AM with Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn officiating followed by a luncheon reception. Graveside interment will precede the memorial service and will take place at Hebrew Rest Cemetery #3 (Frenchman at Pelopidas Streets) at 10:15 AM. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Temple Sinai. Lake Lawn Metairie Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. To view and sign the family guestbook please visit


  • Graveside Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019
  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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Catherine Bordelon

May 14, 2019

Oh how I loved Mr. Lucas. I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Lucas for several years. He was such a kind man who was always happy and a pleasure to talk to. I never saw him in a bad mood. The consummate gentleman. Mr. Lucas kept the office stocked with M&M's. He kept an M&M's dispenser on the edge of his secretary's desk that looked like the M&M man you see on the commercial and you had to move his arm like a slot machine to dispense the M&Ms. So, if you had a sweet tooth during the day you could always walk over and get a handful of M&Ms and chat with Mr. Lucas. That's how I will remember him. Not to mention, he was a snazzy dresser and a great tennis player. Rest in paradise old friend.


Catherine R. Bordelon