Walter Marshall Sanchez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lake Charles, LA

The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C.
 | 901 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1050
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337-433-4405
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (50%),
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Attorney Profile

When Walter Marshall Sanchez founded The Sanchez Law Firm, L.L.C., he did so with the intention of providing comprehensive criminal defense for people facing an array of situations. He represents people in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and the surrounding areas in matters such as white collar crimes, professional disciplinary actions, sex crimes, and DWI and drug charges. His charitable work has also been noted, as the Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana presented him with its Philanthropist Day Award and the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association honored him with its Pro Bono Publico Award.

Since 1984, Mr. Sanchez has been helping people overcome the obstacles that the justice system often presents. He knows how to pull the facts out of a case and use them to construct an argument that helps a client reach his or her goals.

In 1981, Mr. Sanchez earned a Bachelor of Science in management and administration from Louisiana State University. He then graduated with a Juris Doctor in 1984 from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he won a moot court competition.

Mr. Sanchez can count among his accomplishments numerous case dismissals, dropped charges and reduced sentences. Not only do clients take notice when these victories occur, but so does the legal industry. For his achievements, Mr. Sanchez has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; he holds an Avvo "Superb" rating; Acadiana Profile magazine listed him as a Top Lawyer; and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers honored him with the Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award.

Mr. Sanchez Is a member of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the National Legal Aid & Defender Association, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Criminal Defense (50%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Family Law (40%)

Professional Liability (10%)

Focus Areas

Criminal Defense: Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 11 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2017

Certificates and Credentials

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About Walter Sanchez

Admitted 1984, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.waltsanchez.com/Attorney/Walter-M-Sanchez.shtml

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Aggressive Attorney, Designee, The Times of Louisiana Readers' Poll, 2003
  • Philanthropist Day Award, Recipient, Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, 2003
  • Citizen of the Year, Recipient, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 1995
  • Order of St. Charles, Member, Diocese of Lake Charles, 1990
  • Flory Trial Moot Court Competition, Winner , Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1984
  • Selected for "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,2015, 2016
  • Selected for "The Best Lawyers in America", DWI Defense, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Award, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 2004
  • Listed in "Top Lawyers", Acadiana Profile Magazine, 2014
  • Listed "Best Lawyers" reference to DWI Defense, 2011 - 2016
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007 - 2016
  • Listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers", Criminal Law, 2007 - 2016
  • Recipient, Judge Albert Tate Award, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - 2007
  • Selected for inclusion, "Top Lawyers of Acadiana, Criminal & Family Law", 2014, 2015, 2016. Acadiana Profile Magazine

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Family Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, 1995 to present

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President, Southwest Louisiana State Bar Association, 2009
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charter Member
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, President, 2009
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Member, 1984 - 2009
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President, 1985 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - Present
  • Member, American Mensa, Ltd., 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • Hearing Committee Chair, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2003 - 2009
  • Member, Board of Governors, LSBA, 2006 - 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • President, Advisory Board, Lake Charles Seafarer's Center, Port of Lake Charles, 1986 - 1999
  • Past Chair, Professional Division, United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., Campaign, 1992 - 1993
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Lake Charles Symphony
  • Past President, Southwest Louisiana State Fair and Trade Exposition, Inc.
  • Trustee, Finance Council, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 2002 - Present
  • Member, Board of Trustees, LifeShare Blood Centers, 2003 - Present
  • Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., 1987 - 2006
  • President, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., 1989 - 1992
  • Assistant Examiner, Committee on Bar Admissions, 1992 - 2004
  • Chairman, Indigent Defender Board, 14th Judicial District, 1988 - 1996
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association Family Law Advisory Commission (Secretary), 2003 - 2004
  • Member, Louisiana State Law Institute, Special Committee to Study Reinstatement of Fault in Divorce, 1998 - 2001
  • Member, Louisiana Task Force on Indigent Defense Services (Appointed by the President, Conference of Court of Appeals Judges), 2004 - 2007
  • Member, Louisiana Public Defender Board (LSBA President), 2007
  • Member, Louisiana Public Defender Board, (Appointed by the Speaker of the House), 2004 - 2006
  • Hearing Committee Chair, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2003 - 2009
  • Member, Committee on Family Court Rules of the Judicial Counsel of Louisiana (Appointed by the Supreme Court), 2009 - Present
  • Member, Committee on Family Court Rules of the Judicial Counsel of Louisiana (Appointed by the Supreme Court), 2009 - Present
  • Member, Joint Legislative Committee for the Study of the Indigent Defense System (Appointed by the Chief Justice), 1996 - 1997
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Board Member, 1990 - 2008
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: President, 1998
  • Right to Counsel Committee, 2005 - 2009
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2006 - 2008
  • President, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, 2011 - 2012
  • Board Member, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, 2013 – 2017
  • Commissioner, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, 2003 - 2017

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Presenter, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • Presenter, Southern University School of Law
  • Presenter, Louisiana Public Defenders Board
  • Presenter, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Presenter, National Legal Aid and Defenders Association
  • Presenter, American Civil Liberties Union
  • Presenter, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Presenter, Louisiana Association of City and Juvenile Judges
  • Presenter, Louisiana Judicial College
  • Presenter, Loyola University School of Law
  • Presenter, Tulane Law School
  • Faculty Member, Trial Advocacy Training Program, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU, 1993 - Present

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Black v. Simms, 12 So. 3d 1140 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2009)
  • Jones v. Jones, 747 So. 2d 94 (La. App. 3 Cir. 1999)
  • Hernandez v. Hernandez, 640 So. 2d 818 (La. App. 3 Cir. 1994)
  • Fastabend v. Fastabend, 606 So. 2d 794 (La. App. 3 Cir. 1992)
  • State in the Interest of D.W., 865 Sol 2d 45 (LA Supreme Court 2004)
  • State v. Bartholomew Cross, 747 So. 2d 94 (LA Supreme Court 1995)

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana State University, B.S. in Management and Administration, 1981
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Office Location for Walter Marshall Sanchez

901 Lakeshore Drive
Suite 1050
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-433-4405

 

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Last Updated: 10/7/2016

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