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Sanchez Burke, L.L.C. - Lake Charles, LA

1200 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601

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Updated: 11/22/2022

Lake Charles Family Law Firm


Walt Sanchez understands the importance of your case and the difference a successful outcome can make in your life. You can depend on Sanchez Burke, L.L.C. to represent you with energy, skill and determination.

About Sanchez Burke, L.L.C.


  • English

Practice Areas

  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Professional Disciplinary Actions
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Litigation


  • 90%


  • Recipient, Judge Albert Tate Award, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2007
  • Listed in "Louisiana Super Lawyers", Criminal Law, 2007 - 2009
  • Listed in "The Best Lawyers in America", Family Law, 2007 - 2009
  • 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
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1999 - Present

Classes and Seminars

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

Pro Bono Activities

  • Hearing Committee Chair, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, 2003 - 2009
  • 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
  • Vice-Chairman, Louisiana Indigent Defender Board (Appointed by the Chief Justice), 1994 - 1996
  • 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 - Present
  • 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., 1992 - 1993
  • President, Advisory Board, Lake Charles Seafarer's Center, Port of Lake Charles, 1986 - 1999

Ancillary Businesses

  • Appointed by LA Supreme Ct., Judge Pro Tempore, Sulphur City Ct. 1999-





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1200 Ryan Street Lake Charles, LA 70601

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