Arthur A. "Buddy" Lemann, III was born in 1942 in Augusta, Georgia. His father was stationed there in WWII. At the end of he war, the Lemanns moved back to Palo Alto, the Lemann family plantation near Donaldsonville, Louisiana. Buddy led a typical life of a plantation child in the small south Louisiana town. He attended the Catholic elementary and high schools in nearby Donaldsonville and graduated from high school at Marion Military Institute in Marion, Alabama, where he was sent for one too many acts of youthful exuberance. In summers he worked around the plantation, helping to harvest the sugar cane crops, and generally led the privileged but hard-working life of a scion of a sugar planting dynasty. In 1964, he received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University. He attended Loyola University Law School, where he was Editor-In-Chief of the Law Review and ultimately received a Master of Laws from George Washington University.
Also in 1964, he married Roberta Ann Acosta, a childhood sweetheart from Donaldsonville. They have four children, all raised in New Orleans.
Buddy's criminal law practice spans twenty-five years of some of the most difficult and sensational cases in the history of the American criminal justice system. His clients list includes reputed Mafia Don "Carlos" Marcello, Father Dino Cinel, the notorious priest accused of trafficking in child pornography, and a host of other colorful and compelling clients.
Buddy comes from impeccable literary bloodlines. His cousin, Nicholas Lemann, is the author of The Promised Land, which was made into an acclaimed multipart PBS series. Another cousin, Nancy Lemann, is the author of the prize-winning novel Lives of the Saints, which is set in New Orleans. On his mother's side, his family includes such notables as Walker Percy and William Alexander Percy, author of Lanterns on the Levee.
Hail to the Dragon Slayer is his first book and is an autobiographical account of his most famous cases, with continuity provided by his colorful and fascinating life experiences.
What others say about Hail to the Dragon Slayer
"Buddy Lemann's Hail to the Dragon Slayer reveals the drama and power of the day to day practice of criminal law. Stakes this high-- freedom, incarceration, and even life itself-- requires a cool head, a passionate heart, and a nimble mind. Buddy has all three, plus the ability to recount these tales in a compelling and readable book."
- Gerry Spence
"Hail to the Dragon Slayer is a masterfully written brief in support of my decision not to practice law. Buddy's flair, personality and ability are convincingly portrayed in this real-life drama. Who needs pulp fiction when you can read Hail to the Dragon Slayer."
- James Carville
"If Huck Finn had grown up to be a criminal defense attorney, he'd sound a lot like Arthur Lemann III. Part coming -of-age memoir, part legal thriller, Hail to the Dragon Slayer is a tale of truth and showmanship, humor and insight, in the unmistakable voice of legendary Louisiana lawyer and born storyteller."
- Shelia Bosworth