Schnaars Law Firm, LLC

At Schnaars Law Firm, we do the right thing for your family.

Pro bono cases must be referred through
Acadiana Legal Services Corporation. Please
contact their offices at (337) 237-4320.

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Counsel That Cares

Family Law
Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Dyan OHalloran-Schnaars
  • Managing Attorney/Owner






Dyan O'Halloran-Schnaars, managing attorney, is an Alexandria, Louisiana native who transplanted to Lafayette 21 years ago. Dyan began her career as a paralegal in Alexandria, completing her studies at Northwestern University - Natchitoches. During her extensive paralegal career, Dyan gained experience in multiple areas of law. She was at the forefront of electronic discovery procedures gaining extensive experience with various digital image file typing, optical character recognition, bates imprinting and indexing and construction of hyper linked discovery databases. She was instrumental in developing in-house training in these areas for a local large defense firm. As a result, Dyan was featured in Manchester's Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals in 2005. Dyan has also been actively involved in her community serving two years as Management Development Vice President for the Alexandria Chapter of the Louisiana Junior Chamber of Commerce.

After 17 years as a paralegal, Dyan returned to school at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management. As a scholar, Dyan was a distinguished member of the National Scholars Honor Society and of Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity. She was also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Christians at Law and Women at Law. Dyan obtained her Juris Doctorate from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. After obtaining her law degree, Dyan served "Of Counsel" to the law firm of Jeansonne & Remondet for a brief period, as well as maintaining her own personal law practice. She spent the following two years in personal injury litigation and pre-litigation practice before deciding to focus exclusively on Family Law in December 2014.

Dyan is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association (LBA), as well as a participating member of the specialized Family Law Sections of each bar. Dyan also frequently speaks to local DivorceCare Groups and Children's Advocacy Groups. Dyan was awarded a Pro Bono Publico Award in 2015 from the LSBA. She was also honored by the LBA with the Outstanding Attorney Award in 2015 and 2016, and the Top Attorney award for 2016 for her pro bono work in the community. Dyan resides in Lafayette Louisiana with her husband, Matthew, and their two children.

Areas Of Practice

  • Family Law 80%
  • Wills, Successions 20%

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2012


  • Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 2012
  • University of Louisiana Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 2008
    • Honors: With High Distinction
    • Major: Business Administration / Management


  • Mike Remondet
  • Rusty Galloway
  • Laura Davenport
  • Elizabeth Dugal
  • Donovan O’Pry

Honors and Awards

  • Expertise Best Divorce Lawyers in Lafayette, 2021
  • NAFLA Top 40 Under 40, 2019
  • Pro Bono Publico, (LSBA), 2015
  • Outstanding Attorney Award (LBA), 2015, 2016
  • Top Attorney (LBA), 2016
  • Manchester Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, 2005
  • Honesty and Integrity Award among High School students Mason’s, 1996
  • Sigma Alpha Lambda Honors Fraternity
  • Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Nat'l Scholars Honors Society

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Susan K Woodruff - Family Law Section, 2015 to Present
  • LSBA - Family Law Section, 2013 to Present
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association (LBA), 2012 to Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), 2012 to Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Galloway Jefcoat, Attorney, Dec. 2014 - Feb. 2017
  • McKernan Law, Attorney, Nov. 2013 - Nov. 2014
  • Jeansonne & Remondet, Of Counsel, Oct. 2012 - Nov. 2013

Pro Bono Activities

  • LVL (Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer), 2012 to Present


  • English


  • Phi Alpha Delta

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