Helen is a native of Lafayette, LA. She graduated from University of Louisiana at Lafayette, formerly University of Southwestern Louisiana, in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and earned her Juris Doctor Degree from The Tulane Law School in 1968. After earning her Juris Doctor Degree, she joined what is now the Onebane Firm and was a shareholder until November of 1994 when she became a sole practitioner.
She was formerly a member and Chairman of the Louisiana State Police Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Corporations, and is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State courts and The Federal Western District Court. Helen is a member in good standing in the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Lafayette Parish Bar Association.