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Mario D. Zavala

  • Associate Attorney


Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Successions
  • Will Drafting
  • Criminal Defense
  • Traffic Tickets
  • Personal Injury
  • SIJI


Mario D. Zavala, Jr. was born and raised in the New Orleans area. He graduated from Jesuit High School. As a senior in high school, Mario developed an interest in the field of law. After high school graduation, Mario attended Loyola University, in New Orleans, Louisiana where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology of law and social control and minor in classical music. Mario volunteered for the Orleans Public Defenders during this time. After graduating, Mario pursued his J.D. degree at Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Mario was sworn in as a student practitioner in the Criminal Defense Clinic where he gained valuable advocate skills and mentored by Professor Stephen Singer and Professor Majeeda Snead. Upon graduation from law school in 2016, Mario took the bar exam and passed the first time. In October 2016, Mario was sworn in by the Louisiana Supreme Court to practice law and became a registered notary. Mario immediately started clerking for the Honorable Judge Lala Sylvester and the Honorable Desiree Duhon Dyess of the 10th Judicial District Court in Natchitoches, Louisana. Mario assisted with several family law matters that made up a great portion of the docket. Mario then returned to the New Orleans area in 2017 and joined Miguel A. Elias, APLC where he became the head of the family law department. Mario then joined Salley and Salley, LLC in 2022.


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2016
  • Loyola University , New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 2013

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2016

Past Positions

  • Miguel A. Elias, APLC, Associate Attorney
  • 10th JDC, Law Clerk


  • English
  • Spanish