Walter Marshall Sanchez

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Lake Charles, LA

The Sanchez Law Firm, LLC
 | 1200 Ryan Street, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: 337-433-4405
Fax: 337-433-4430
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Criminal Defense (40%),
  • Family Law (40%),
  • Professional Liability: Defense (10%),
  • Business Litigation (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 Public Service 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 an AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell; been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America; and holds an Avvo "Superb" rating (10/10). Acadiana Profile magazine consistently lists him as a Top Lawyer in the Acadiana Region; 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 Louisiana and Southwest Louisiana Bar Associations, the American Bar Association, and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

 
Practice Areas

Criminal Defense (40%)
Family Law (40%)
Professional Liability: Defense (10%)
Business Litigation (10%)

Criminal Defense (40%): Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Sex Offenses

Family Law (40%)

Professional Liability (10%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Focus Areas

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

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 14 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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/Awards:

  • Recipient, Judge Albert Tate Award, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - 2007
  • Best Aggressive Attorney, Designee, The Times of Louisiana Readers' Poll, 2003
  • Selected for inclusion, "Top Lawyers of Acadiana, Criminal & Family Law", 2014 - 2018. Acadiana Profile Magazine
  • Flory Trial Moot Court Competition, Winner , Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 1984
  • Philanthropist Day Award, Recipient, Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, 2003
  • Order of St. Charles, Member, Diocese of Lake Charles, 1990
  • Listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers", Criminal Law, 2007 - 2016
  • Citizen of the Year, Recipient, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 1995
  • Selected for "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007 - 2019.
  • Listed "Best Lawyers in America", DWI Defense, 2011 - 2019.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

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

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

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

Verdicts/Settlements:

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

1200 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Phone: 337-433-4405

Fax: 337-433-4430

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Last Updated: 8/23/2019

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