Walter Marshall Sanchez

Walter Marshall Sanchez

Location:
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Phone:
337-433-4405
Email:
Mr. Sanchez has been an active criminal defense attorney since 1984, successfully representing people in criminal cases, both state and federal; in complex and highly contested family law cases; and professionals whose licenses and livelihoods are in jeopardy.

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug Violations
  • White Collar Crimes
  • Family Law
  • Juvenile Law
  • Computer Crimes
  • Criminal Defense
  • Sex Crimes

Certified Legal Specialties

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

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1984
    • Honors: Winner, 1984 Flory Trial Moot Court Competition
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1981
    • Major: Management and Administration

Representative Cases

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

Classes/Seminars

  • Faculty Member, Trial Advocacy Training Program, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, LSU, 1993 - Present
  • Presenter, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • Presenter, Tulane Law School
  • Presenter, Loyola University School of Law
  • 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

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Judge Albert Tate Award, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - 2007
  • Listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers", Criminal Law, 2007 - 2017
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007 - 2017
  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”, DWI Defense, 2011 - 2017
  • Listed in “Top Lawyers of Acadiana”, Acadiana Profile Magazine, 2014 - 2017
  • Recipient, Pro Bono Publico Award, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 2004
  • Recipient, Philanthropist Day Award, Family Foundation of Southwest Louisiana, 2003
  • Citizen of the Year Award, Southwest Louisiana Chapter, National Association of Social Workers, 1995
  • Member, Order of St. Charles, Diocese of Lake Charles, June 3, 1990
  • Selected, "Best Aggressive Attorney", Times of Southwest Louisiana, Reader's Poll, 2003
  • Member, American Mensa, Ltd., 1977 - Present
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - Present
  • Selected “Best Lawyers” Lake Charles Family Attorney of the Year, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, 1985 - Present
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Past President, 1985 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Member, 1984 - 2009
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, President, 2009
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Legal Aid & Defender Association
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Charter Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Commissioner, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, 2003 - 2017
  • Board Member, Louisiana Board of International Commerce, 2013 – 2017
  • President, Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, 2011 - 2012
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors, 2006 - 2008
  • Right to Counsel Committee, 2005 - 2009
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: President, 1998
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers: Board Member, 1990 - 2008
  • Member, Joint Legislative Committee for the Study of the Indigent Defense System (Appointed by the Chief Justice), 1996 - 1997
  • Member, Committee on Family Court Rules of the Judicial Counsel of Louisiana (Appointed by the Supreme Court), 2009 - Present
  • Vice-Chairman, Louisiana Indigent Defender Board (Appointed by the Chief Justice), 1994 - 1996
  • Hearing Committee Chair, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2003 - 2009
  • Member, Louisiana Public Defender Board, (Appointed by the Speaker of the House), 2004 - 2006
  • Member, Louisiana Public Defender Board (LSBA President), 2007
  • Member, Louisiana Task Force on Indigent Defense Services (Appointed by the President, Conference of Court of Appeals Judges), 2004 - 2007
  • Member, Louisiana State Law Institute, Special Committee to Study Reinstatement of Fault in Divorce, 1998 - 2001
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association Family Law Advisory Commission (Secretary), 2003 - 2004
  • Chairman, Indigent Defender Board, 14th Judicial District, 1988 - 1996
  • Assistant Examiner, Committee on Bar Admissions, 1992 - 2004
  • President, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., 1989 - 1992
  • Board Member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., 1987 - 2006
  • Member, Board of Trustees, LifeShare Blood Centers, 2003 - Present
  • Trustee, Finance Council, Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, 2002 - 2016
  • Past President, Southwest Louisiana State Fair and Trade Exposition, Inc.
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Lake Charles Symphony
  • Past Chair, Professional Division, United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc., Campaign, 1992 - 1993
  • President, Advisory Board, Lake Charles Seafarer's Center, Port of Lake Charles, 1986 - 1999

Ancillary Businesses

  • Appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court, Judge Pro Tempore, Sulphur City Court, on an as needed basis, 1999 – Present
  • Lake Charles City Court, 2013 - Present