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Walter Marshall Sanchez - Lake Charles, LA

1200 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601

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Updated: 11/17/2022

Lake Charles Criminal Law Lawyer


Firm founder, Walter M. Sanchez, has represented people in matters involving criminal law, family law and professional disciplinary actions since 1984. Mr. Sanchez has earned a reputation as an attorney for diligence in the protection of his clients' rights and the respect of colleagues in the legal profession.

Since 2007, he has been selected each year by his peers for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers ® in Criminal Law and in Best Lawyers in America ® in Family Law...

About Walter Marshall Sanchez

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

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

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)


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2016
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2018

Specialties and Certifications

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

Other Affiliations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985 - Present (Member)
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1985 - Present (Past President)
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (Member)
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 2009 (President)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Classes and 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

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


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1984
    Honors: Winner, 1984 Flory Trial Moot Court Competition
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1981
    Major: Management and Administration

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

Office Information


1200 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601


Other Sources of Feedback About Walter Marshall Sanchez

Included on the 2023 Louisiana list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Louisiana Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Walter Marshall Sanchez on Super Lawyers


  • Recipient, Judge Albert Tate Award, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - 2007
  • Listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers", Criminal Law, 2007 - 2019
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007 - 2019
  • Listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”, DWI Defense, 2011 - 2019
  • Listed in “Top Lawyers of Acadiana”, Acadiana Profile Magazine, 2014 - 2019
  • 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

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