David is both Board Certified as a Family Law Specialist and has a Masters in Admiralty Law.  He was honored to be selected to Louisiana Super Lawyers 2010 – 2015, 2018 – 2019. These qualifications combined with his experience allow him to provide the finest representation for families, offshore workers and injured persons. He worked for families and injured offshore workers for years at large and mid-sized law firms. His experience allows him to provide quality representation careful attention to detail with customer attention. He has handled hundreds of divorces, custody cases, military retirement divisions, property divisions, spousal support case and child support cases. He has also handled hundreds of offshore accidents (Admiralty Law) including Jones Act, Unseaworthiness, Death on High Seas Act and Maintenance and Cure claims. He has helped clients recover millions of dollars in claims for admiralty, injuries and contractual disputes. He is known as a tough litigator who also looks for cost effective ways to resolve cases through dispute resolution. He has taught other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars on the topics of the Jones Act and Admiralty Law. Martindale-Hubbell recognized David Hesser with a “BV” Peer Review Rating, an indication of an exemplary reputation and well-established practice. . . high professional standing.” He is a member of the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute and has been listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. In 2013 the National Business Institute selected him to write and present regarding the topic of “Ethical Considerations for the Plaintiff’s Attorney” at their seminar “Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish.”

David has the financial designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award & Top Paper Award. He is a litigator who has represented hundreds of families going through divorces, custody and child support disputes. He has handled multi-million dollar community property partitions. While he is known as a litigator, he has also resolved many cases through mediation and collaborative divorce. He has taught other attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals at continuing education seminars for family law and dispute resolution at LSU Law Center, LSU-S, ULM and Southern University. In 2012 he was the speaker at the National Business Institute for the topic of Basics of Civil Practice and Procedure. Co-author: “Forensic Accounting in Matrimonial Divorce” R.T. Edwards Publishing, 2005, Chapter 2, “Ethical Limitations on Future Services for Neutral Financial Professionals Following a Collaborative Divorce.” Author: Team Mediation: An Interdisciplinary Model Balancing Mediation in the “Matrix,” 7:1 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J.113 (2007). Speaker, “Team Mediation,” International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum, 2005. Filed Louisiana’s first successful Collaborative Divorce. Co-Chairman of the Permanent Review Board, which reviews sexual abuse allegations for the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria. David was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club in Alexandria. David practiced at the prestigious law firms: Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell; Breaud & Lemoine, PLC; and Randy J. Ungar & Associates before forming his own firm. David completed high school at Caddo Magnet Parish High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and lived in Bossier City Louisiana during college before settling down in Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana following Law school.


  • 1994, Louisiana
  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • 2006, Texas
  • U.S. District Courts, Middle, Eastern and Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


  • Tulane University Law School, Class of 1998, LL.M. Admiralty
  • University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law, Class of 1994, J.D.
    • American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure and Top Paper Award for First Amendement Seminar
  • Centenary College, Class of 1991, B.A.
    • Attended Centenary College on an athletic scholarship
    • Economics


  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Community Property Law
  • Military Divorce
  • Maritime Injuries
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Divorce
  • Wrongful death
  • Domestic Relations
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Criminal Law

Associations & Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal, Alexandria and Shreveport Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Crossroads American Inn of Court of Alexandria-Pineville
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

Representative Cases

  • Bhati v. Bhati, 103 So. 3d 1290 (La.App. 3 Cir. 05/12/12)
  • D.R.S. v. L.E.K., 33 So.3d 428, 2009-1274 (La. App. 3 Cir. 3/10/10) Writ Denied (La. 4/30/10), setting the standard for religion in custody disputes
  • Lea v. Sanders, 890 So.2d 764, 2004-762 (La. App. 3 Cir. 12/22/04), setting the standard in LA for Shared Custody
  • Walk Haydel and Assoc., Inc., v. Coastal Power Prod. Co., 934 F. Supp. 209 (E.D. La. 1996)
  • Pulver v. 1st Lake Properties, Inc., 96-248 (La. App. 5th Cir. 9/18/96), 681 So.2d 965
  • Arnette v. NPC Services, Inc., (La. App. 1st Cir. 9/28/01) 809 So.2d 384
  • Latin Am. Energy Dev. Inc., v. Vague 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8120 (E.D. La. 1996)
  • Walk Haydel and Assoc., Inc. v. Coastal Power Production Co., 98-CA-0193 (La. App. 4th Cir. 9/30/98) 720 So.2d 372 Argument at Trial set standard for enforcement of mediation agreements
  • Bush v. Diamond Offshore Co., 1999 WL 33236363 (E.D. La. 1999)

Office Location

  • Hesser Cooper Law Group, LLC


    812 Versailles Blvd.,
    Suite A,
    Alexandria, Louisiana 71303 US