Steven W. Hale

Top rated family law attorney in Lake Charles, Louisiana

Hale Law Firm
Steven W. Hale
Hale Law Firm

Practice Areas: Family law, Personal injury, Criminal defense

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1977

Education: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2023

Hale Law Firm

1735 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601 Visit website


Steven W. Hale is the managing partner of Hale Law Firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana. With more than 35 years of experience, Mr. Hale has dedicated his career to representing individuals wrongfully injured by the negligence of others. His practice focuses primarily on serious personal injury, including truck and automobile accidents, maritime accidents, Jones Act cases, industrial safety and premises liability. Mr. Hale also handles Social Security Disability and related matters as well as business law, family law and select criminal matters. He has successfully litigated thousands of personal injury claims.

Mr. Hale is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was granted early admission after three years of college. He earned his Juris Doctor in 1977.

Mr. Hale began his career as a law clerk for several judges of the 14th Judicial District Court in Lake Charles. He then became an assistant district attorney for Calcasieu Parish, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor charges before the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He subsequently entered private practice with the firm of Salter, Street & Hale, representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases for more than two decades. In 2000, he moved to his present position.

Mr. Hale is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Wholesalers. Well regarded among his peers, Mr. Hale has been honored with an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has served on both the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Ethics Committee and the Louisiana Family Law Certification Board.

*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Family law, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Criminal defense
  • 50% Family law
  • 40% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Criminal defense

First Admitted: 1977

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Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Family Law, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1995 - Present
Educational Background:
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, B.S., Honors: Early Admission to Law School
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, J.D., Honors: Moot Court Board, 1977
  • Top Personal Injury Attorneys in Acadiana, 2012
  • Highest Peer Review Rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell, 2004-present
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, 2004 - 2012
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Wholesalers
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • Member, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 1978 - Present
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1977 - Present
  • Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Court Appointed Advocate for Children
  • Served on Louisiana Family Law Certification Board by Appointment of Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Public Criminal Defender Board of Directors, 1979-1999
  • Served on Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Public Defender Attorney, 1979 - 1999
  • Louisiana State Bar Test Examiner by Appointment of Louisiana Supreme Court for Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
  • Volunteer Legal Services
Representative Clients:
  • E.Z. Aces Gaming, Inc.
  • Working Men and Women
  • Maritime Industry Workers
  • President, Lee Dee Wholesale Distributing Co., Inc. and Hale Wholesale Distributing Co., Inc.
  • Hale's Hog Heaven
  • Jones Act Seaman
  • Gaming
  • Real Estate Holdings Manager
  • Refinery Workers

Office location for Steven W. Hale

1735 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-426-1071


12 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2008, 2014 - 2023

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