The City of New Orleans suffered a tragic loss today with the confirmation that Jason Cantrell, the beloved husband of Mayor LaToya Cantrell and a distinguished lawyer, has died.
The City’s spokesperson Gregory Joseph made the announcement, speaking of Cantrell’s dedication and service to the public. A former public defender and family, civil and criminal lawyer, Joseph spoke of his devotion to his wife and daughter RayAnn. The outpouring of support is evident in all the sympathy being offered from Mayor Cantrell, legal circles and the greater New Orleans community. Joseph has kindly asked for privacy for the family at this difficult time as they mourn.
As details regarding his passing are yet to be revealed, all that remains is to remember the life of Jason Cantrell and all that his family have lost.
New Orleans legal circles are mourning the passing of attorney Robert Cantrell. Cantrell specialized in criminal law, family law, and civil litigation, and had a distinguished career that started at the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office and included several years as an assistant city attorney.
It is understood that Cantrell had been absent from the court activities due to health issues in recent years, having resumed his duties during the past year with dedication and full readiness. Former chief of the Orleans Parish Public Defender’s Office Derwyn Bunton spoke highly of his acquaintance of fifteen years: “Cantrell was an extraordinary attorney—capable, reliable, and diligent and was relentless in seeking justice for his clients.”
Tributes to Cantrell have been paid by prominent figures in New Orleans politics and government. Council Vice President Helena Moreno expressed her sympathies to the grieving family, whilst Council Member Joe Giarrusso applauded Cantrell’s commitment to his profession, family and city.