James E. Sudduth, III

Top rated Criminal Defense attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Sudduth & Associates, LLC
James E. Sudduth, III
Sudduth & Associates, LLC

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation, Employment & Labor; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 2013

Education: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Selected to Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023

Sudduth & Associates, LLC

1109 Pithon Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601 Visit website


The founder and managing partner of Sudduth & Associates, LLC, James E. Sudduth, III, is a highly regarded civil and criminal litigation attorney. From the firm's office in Lake Charles, Louisiana, he provides representation to clients throughout the state in a variety of endeavors, dividing his practice among criminal defense, labor and employment law, personal injury and wrongful death litigation, and general civil matters. The quality of his work and his successful track record has led to Mr. Sudduth being held in high regard by his fellow attorneys, as evidenced by his receipt of a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo. In addition, he has been named by the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the state's Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 and as one of the state's Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys Under Age 40 by the National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Representing only employees in his labor and employment practice, the types of cases that Mr. Sudduth has successfully handled include those involving discrimination prohibited by such federal statutes as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Pregnancy Discrimination Act. His experience also includes Fair Labor Standards Act violations, Family and Medical Leave Act cases, wrongful termination and other forms of retaliation, and sexual harassment claims. In the criminal defense area, Mr. Sudduth's caseload has included assault and battery, weapons violations, driving under the influence, theft, white collar crimes, and drug possession and distribution.

Mr. Sudduth is a 2009 graduate of Louisiana State University, receiving a Bachelor of Science cum laude in finance. Remaining in Baton Rouge, he pursued his legal education at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and he was awarded his Juris Doctor in 2013. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas and before several federal courts.

Practice areas

Criminal Defense, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Employment & Labor: Employee, Employment Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

Focus areas

Animal Bites, Arrest & Arraignment, Assault, Assault & Battery, Brain Injury, Construction Accident, Criminal Domestic Violence, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, DUI/DWI, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Employment Discrimination, Employment Law - Employee, Employment Law - Employer, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Labor Law, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Probation, Prosecution, Retaliation, Sex Offenses, Sexual Abuse - Plaintiff, Sexual Harassment, Slip and Fall, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Trucking Accidents, Unions, Wage & Hour Laws, Whistleblower, Wrongful Death, Wrongful Termination

  • 20% Criminal Defense
  • 20% Civil Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 20% Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 10% Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI

First Admitted: 2013, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: https://saa.legal/james-e-sudduth-iii/

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Parishioner and Lector, Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church
  • Board Member: Southwest Louisiana Law Center, 2013-Present
  • Board Member: Sowela Foundation, 2015-Present
  • Council Member, Knights of Columbus
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Instructor, CPSO New Officer Training Academy, 2013-2015
  • Visiting Lecturer, Business Law, McNeese State University, 2016-Present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017-Present
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016-Present
  • American Law Society, 2016-Present
  • National Employment Lawyers Association, 2016-Present
  • American Association for Justice, 2016-Present
  • St. Thomas More Society, 2013-Present
  • Albert Tate Inn of Court, 2014-Present
  • Dean Henry George McMahon Inn of Court, 2013-2014
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 2013-Present
  • Texas State Bar Association, 2014-Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 2013-Present
  • American Bar Association, 2013-Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2013
  • State of Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 2014
  • State of Texas, 2014
  • Lehman v. D’Albor and The City of Jennings, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150035
  • Sudduth v. Texas Health and Human Services Commission et al., No. 1:2013cv00918 – Doc. 30 (W.D. Tex. 2014)
Educational Background:
  • Louisiana State University A&M, Baton Rouge, LA, Bachelor of Science: Finance, cum laude, Minor: Spanish, 2009
  • For excellence in the field of Criminal Law, Top 10 under 40, National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2016
  • Invited and elected to join the American Law Society, American Law Society, 2016
  • For excellence in the field of Criminal Defense, Top 40 under 40, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2017
  • For excellence in the field of criminal law, Top 10 under 40, National Academy of Criminal Law, 2017

Office location for James E. Sudduth, III

1109 Pithon Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-480-0101


5 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2019 - 2023

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