Meet Phil Haney, 16th Judicial District Attorney


Mr. Haney graduated from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1971 and entered the United States Army. His legal career began there where he worked as a paralegal and criminal investigator. Following his term in the Army, he entered Louisiana State University Law School and received his Juris Doctor in 1976.

In 1976 he became a prosecutor with the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Since being with the District Attorney’s Office he has been involved as a major felony and drug prosecutor, prosecuting and supervising the prosecution of over 40,000 felony cases. He has traveled with the Louisiana State Police, United States Customs and the St. Martin Parish Sheriff’s Office on narcotics investigations to Texas , Alabama , Georgia , North Carolina and South Carolina .

While acting as the chief Drug Prosecutor for the Parishes of Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary, Mr. Haney has prepared and presented seminars on narcotic investigations, asset seizure and forfeiture, and courtroom preparation for narcotic investigators. He has initiated and presented training seminars to the St. Martin, Iberia, and St. Mary Sheriff’s offices as well as all of the local police departments in the 16th Judicial District, and agents with the Drug Enforcement Agency and the United States Customs.

In 1980, Mr. Haney was appointed as administrator and chief prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in St. Martin Parish. He has tried major felonies in Iberia, St. Martin and St. Mary Parishes. In 1999 he was elected as one of only eight associate directors for the National District Attorney's Association representing the Assistant District Attorney's throughout the United States . He has served as the legal advisor to the St. Martin Parish Police Jury and numerous other public bodies. He has handled numerous capital cases, several of which are currently involved in the post conviction process.

Mr. Haney was elected District Attorney of the 16th Judicial District on October 7, 2000 and was reelected without opposition in 2002 and again in 2008. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana District Attorney's Association and the United Way of Iberia . He also served as President of United Way of Iberia for the year 2006, and served as Campaign Chairman of United Way of Iberia for the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. Mr. Haney is a Member of the Board of the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana, Iberia Parish. Mr. Haney also served as Honorary Chairman for the Boys and Girls Club of Acadiana Back-Our-Youth Campaign for the years 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006. In 2003, Mr. Haney was recognized as the first Hero for Youth Award given by the Iberia Parish School Board for his involvement helping at-risk youth of Iberia Parish.

Mr. Haney along with his wife Renee, were named Distinguished Citizens by the Boy Scouts of America, Evangeline Council, for the year 2004. The Louisiana Association of Social Workers named Mr. Haney as Public Official of the Year for 2005. The Greater Iberia Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Haney as the recipient of Civic Citizen of the Year for 2006. The St. Mary Parish Chamber of Commerce named Mr. Haney as the recipient of the Virginia-Tyler Guillotte Service Award for the year 2006.

Mr. Haney was appointed by Louisiana Governor, Bobby Jindal, to serve on the Drug Control and Violent Crime Policy Board and the Drug Policy Board for the 2008 - 2009 fiscal year. He served as Chairman of the Board for the 16th Judicial District Children and Youth Planning Board from 2006 - 2009 and he is a member of the Juvenile Justice Task Force for the Louisiana District Attorney's Association.

In 2008, Mr. Haney was a presenter of the Prosecutor's Early Intervention Program in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at the 21st Annual At Risk Youth National Forum, the "Turning the Page" Conference by the Association for the Advancement of Evidence-Based Practice in Los Angeles, California and the National Conference for Juvenile Justice in Orlando, Florida.