H.L. “Rye” Tuten, III

Location: Lafayette - LA

  • 326 Settlers Trace Suite 101 A
    Lafayette, LA 70508
  • Tel : (337) 524-1703
  • Fax : (337) 524-1707

Born July 12, 1977, in Orangeburg, South Carolina.  In 1999, Mr. Tuten obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, Cum Laude, from Clemson University. While at Clemson, Mr. Tuten was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and Phi Alpha Theta Historical Honor Society.

In 2003, Mr. Tuten obtained a Juris Doctor degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law (i.e. “Ole Miss Law School”).  While at Ole Miss Law School, Mr. Tuten was the recipient of the Julius Owen Moss Memorial Scholarship and Judge W.N. Ethridge, Jr., Memorial Scholarship

In 2003, Mr. Tuten was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar.  Mr. Tuten is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Lafayette Parish Bar Associations, Realtor Association of Acadiana, and Acadiana Mortgage Lenders’ Association.  Mr. Tuten also serves on the Board of Directors for the Acadian Home Builder’s Association.  Mr. Tuten is past co-chairman of the Membership Committee for the American Inn of Court and past member of the American Bar Association.

From 2003 until approximately 2011, Mr. Tuten’s law practice focused heavily on defense litigation with a primary focus on defense of real estate agents and real estate brokers.  During this timeframe, Mr. Tuten was admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts and Federal Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Louisiana.   

Mr. Tuten has been involved with numerous lawsuits involving various real estate transactions and up until 2011 was an approved attorney for Rice Insurance Services Company (RISC provides Louisiana  Group Errors & Omissions Insurance for Real Estate Agents and Brokers).  Up until 2011, if a Real Estate Agent or Broker in Acadiana were sued, it’s likely RISC assigned Mr. Tuten to represent them.

In 2011, Mr. Tuten shifted his practice away from litigation and towards real estate closings by founding Tuten Title & Escrow, LLC, a full service real estate closing company.  Since 2011, Mr. Tuten has operated Tuten Title & Escrow, LLC, to provide closing and escrow services for residential and commercial purchases and refinances; title curative work incidental to new purchases and refinances; and title insurance.

Mr. Tuten is an accomplished speaker in the area of risk management for Real Estate Agents and Real Estate Brokers having provided risk management seminars to various Real Estate Agents/Brokers throughout Acadiana.  In his presentations, Mr. Tuten draws on his many years of litigation experience to educate Real Estate Agents and Real Estate Brokers.

Mr. Tuten is married to Lainey Huguet Tuten and has four (4) children, H.L. “Harrison” Tuten, IV (age 11), A. Camp Tuten (age 9), Hatten Carolina Tuten (age 6), and English Catherine Tuten (age 4).


TUTEN TITLE & ESCROW, LLC. is a Lafayette-based, full-service real estate closing company committed to providing a thorough, timely and enjoyable closing process. We offer closing, escrow and title insurance services for residential and commercial purchases and refinances as well as title curative work necessary to close a transaction. We pride ourselves on friendly customer service and ensuring that your closing is a memorable one.