He is the Practice Group Leader of the Commercial Litigation Section of JONES, WALKER, WAECHTER, POITEVENT, CARRÈRE & DENÈGRE: (375 lawyers with offices in Alabama, Arizona, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Texas, Georgia and Washington D.C.) and a former chairman of the firm. He received B.A. (1970) and J.D. (1975) degrees with highest College Honors from Louisiana State University where he served as a member of the Louisiana Law Review and received the Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Group Award.
He is the Past Chairman of: ABA’s Bankruptcy Litigation Subcommittee; Local Bankruptcy Rules Committee for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Louisiana Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Committee; Louisiana State Bar Association ‑ CLE Planning Committee; Consumer Law, Bankruptcy Law and Lender Liability Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association.
He has served on the faculty of over 200 Continuing Legal Education programs. He has written 70‑plus articles or seminar outlines on topics such as Commercial Litigation, Lender Liability and Bankruptcy. Mr. Vance has handled over 300 commercial disputes and has over 90 reported decisions.