Our Office


You could say Phillip Terrell grew up in the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office.

Terrell’s father, Jesse “Pete” Terrell, was a Louisiana state trooper and longtime investigator for the office under late DA Charlie Wagner. In December 2014, “Mr. Pete’s” son fulfilled a longtime dream when voters elected him District Attorney.

Since taking office, Terrell has maintained an open door policy, assists victims through what can be a daunting process, providing pretrial diversion options for nonviolent offenders and committing to diversity while also hiring the best staff to represent the people of Rapides Parish.

Terrell was born and raised in Pineville. He is a graduate of Louisiana College and LSU Law School.

He has practiced everything from criminal defense to personal injury plaintiff’s cases in a law career spanning more than 30 years. He served eight years as Pineville city attorney and prosecutor, and more than 17 years as Pineville city judge.

Terrell and his wife, Vicki, have three children. They are active members of Calvary Baptist Church.

He was privileged to serve as chair of the Rapides Parish Airport Authority and as an original member of the England Authority Board of Commissioners.
Our Staff
The District Attorney's Office staff includes some of the best people in the state at what they do. They strive always to uphold the core values of the office, including public safety, transparency and fair and equal justice.
About the district attorney's office
As DA Phillip Terrell says, the District Attorney's Office belongs to the people, not the other way around. That means the office is open and accessible to the public, always.
It means prosecutors and staff stand with victims throughout the criminal justice process, keeping them informed every step of the way, making sure they know their rights, introducing them to the court system and helping them obtain key services.
It means giving certain nonviolent offenders a chance to become productive citizens, rather than a drain on taxpayer resources, through a Pretrial Intervention Program. While some offenders present a threat to society and belong in prison, some young people simply made a mistake, or have issues best addressed in ways other than incarceration.

The 70 men and women who make up the staff, including some of the best attorneys in the state, are committed to protecting public safety in an open minded, honest and fair manner. They are responsive to the needs of victims, witnesses, children in need, law enforcement and the citizens who make up this great community.

In technology, transparency, efficiency, ability, the Rapides Parish District Attorney’s Office is better than it’s ever been.

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