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Lawyers in Lake Charles

Dedicated to Serving Our Community

When you’re in need of legal representation, you want to work with a law firm you can trust to put your best interests first and understand the goals you want to achieve. Sudduth & Associates, LLC is a community-oriented firm that is dedicated to serving individuals and families in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Our team has a long history in this town – our founding attorney’s grandfather was even the mayor of Lake Charles, and the Sudduth Coliseum is named after him. We come from a family with generations of service, so when you call us, you can expect to receive our undivided attention and be treated like you’re our only client. Whether you require legal services in criminal defense, labor and employment, family law, personal injury, or more, we can provide the counsel that has made us the go-to law firm in this area.

Contact us online or by phone at 1-833-SUDDUTH for a consultation with a Lake Charles defense attorney. Se habla español.

The Sudduth Solution

Why We're the Right Choice
  • Over 100 Years of Collective Experience
  • Former Prosecutor Who Knows Both Sides of the Law
  • Long Roots in the Local Community
  • Cutting-Edge Technology to Bring You More Convenience
  • Collaborative Approach to Your Case
  • Highly Communicative & Responsive
A Law Firm Built on Technology

At Sudduth & Associates, we are a firm built for the 21st century. Our team uses cutting-edge technology to present and review information and evidence pertinent to a case. Our methods allow for greater convenience and help save clients money!

Smart, Passionate, Effective Representation

We Are Always Available for You

Many law firms see their clients as case numbers and apply their same strategies to each case. Our law firm believes that each individual matters, and we know that for you, this may be one of the most challenging times of your life. We want to be by your side throughout the legal process and offer consultations in English and Spanish so we can communicate with you at your convenience. We also offer same-day appointments and strive to be available whenever our clients have questions or concerns.

When you work with the team at Sudduth & Associates, LLC, you’re receiving dedicated client service that you can rely on to carry you and your goals through the claims process and into court.

Sudduth & Associates, LLC applies our family values to all that we do, which is why when you join us, you’re not just a client – you’re a family member that deserves to be treated with compassion and without judgment. We’ve helped countless clients recover compensation after injuries, have their charges dropped, and divorce cleanly and without conflict. We’re committed to seeing you start your next chapter with confidence.

Steadfastly Standing Up for Clients Charged with Crimes

Going through the criminal justice system after being accused is never easy. As early as the investigation phase, you’ll be facing intimidating law enforcement officials determined on finding evidence linking you to the alleged offense. They might use various tactics to get a confession or cause you to say something that can be used against you. If the prosecutor gets the police report and determines sufficient evidence exists to pursue the matter, you must attend a series of pre-trial court hearings concerning your case. Then you must either negotiate with the prosecutor or go to trial to defend yourself.

The people and steps involved in a criminal case can make these matters overwhelming, and it can feel as if the system is stacked against you. Fortunately, you do not have to face this alone. You have the right to be represented by counsel at all stages. At Sudduth & Associates, LLC, our team takes on misdemeanor and felony cases and is prepared to be your support from beginning to end. Led by a former prosecutor, we can give you detailed insights as to how the system works and what courses of action can be taken to seek a favorable outcome.

Compassionate Assistance Through Family Law Matters

Whether filing for a divorce, seeking child custody or a child support order, or requesting a protective order, the outcome of a family law case can have substantial impacts on you, your loved ones, and your future. That is why it is important to have a lawyer on your side, ready to protect your best interests. Our team can deliver the legal help you need. We handle these matters with sensitivity and discretion, focusing on doing what is right for our clients.

Any family law matter can be emotionally charged and exhausting. When you are trying to deal with the stresses associated with the situation, it can be difficult to know what steps to take next or how to keep everything in order. Our entire team of legal representatives and attorneys can relieve you of these burdens by attending to the details: whether that be the gathering and accumulation of evidence, the completion of all necessary documentation and paperwork in the correct format, or the building of a comprehensive legal strategy that will achieve your hoped for goals.

To achieve a just and fair outcome on your behalf, we are prepared to litigate your case through a trial. However, we understand the taxing toll a contentious trial may have on you and your family and therefore we always encourage alternative dispute resolutions in these cases. We mediate cases from a position of strength and preparation so that the end result is not capitulation but rather a fair and peaceful compromise for your family and their future.

Helping Accident Victims Seek Compensation

If someone else caused your accident resulting in injuries, the other party may be held financially responsible for damages you sustained. Damages include expenses and losses arising from your accident, such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain/suffering. However, when you file a claim, you might find it challenging to secure a just settlement from the insurance company. After all, these businesses are primarily concerned about their bottom lines and not with protecting your best interests. The carrier you’re dealing with may be looking to pay out as little as possible or maybe nothing at all.

Seeking the financial recovery you need to take care of accident-related damages can add greater frustration to your situation. However, this burden does not have to rest on you alone. A personal injury attorney can handle the nuances of your case. At Sudduth & Associates, LLC, our team can investigate your accident, establish opposing party fault, and craft a legal strategy. With our skills, experience, and resources, we can pursue fair compensation through negotiations with the at-fault party’s insurance company or by taking your case to trial. There are many attorneys who avoid the courtroom, at Sudduth & Associates, LLC we thrive in the courtroom and the insurance companies know it. They know we will take a case through trial and that leads to better results for our clients because we negotiate from a position of strength. We handle various injury matters, including auto accidents, animal attacks, slip and falls, wrongful deaths, product liability, and workers’ compensation.

Call us for a consultation today at 1-833-SUDDUTH.

You're Never Alone in This

Meet Your Experienced Team
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    James E. Sudduth, III

    Founding Member & Managing Partner

    James E. Sudduth, III is the founder and driving force behind Sudduth and Associates, LLC. As a Lake Charles native, he ...
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    Kourtney L. Kech

    Associate Attorney

    Kourtney is an associate attorney with Sudduth & Associates, LLC, where she practices in a variety of areas including ...
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    Pierce A. Rapin

    Associate Attorney

    Bio coming soon!
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    Lori L. Nunn

    Of Counsel

    During her expansive tenure as an assistant district attorney, Lori faithfully served the 19th Judicial District Attorney’s ...
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    James R. Morris

    Of Counsel

    James R. Morris is a Lake Charles native. He graduated from LaGrange Senior High School in 1972 and earned his Bachelor of ...
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    Ryan D. Smith

    Administrator

    Ryan is the Administrator at Sudduth & Associates, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He first attended St. Louis Catholic High ...
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Our Clients Say it Best

Read Some of Their Reviews
  • “If having someone on your side that gives a 110% and delivers a quality product is important, then James Sudduth III comes with my highest personal recommendation.”

    - Chris
  • “Throughout the entire ordeal, James could not have been more professional, courteous and knowledgeable regarding my employment issue. He was prompt with his responses and could not have shown more compassion for the issue.”

    - Former Client
  • “James & his caring team of professionals are a cut above the rest. They truly care about the legal issues I face, and aren't just 'going through the motions.' It's been a tremendous help during this transitional period in my life to have Jame”

    - Ashley
  • “Smart, driven, direct, passionate. Amazing man, which makes him an amazing attorney. Treated me and my family as if we were a part of his. I am forever grateful for the hard work and dedication he put into my case.”

    - Sherese
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We Will Fight For You!

Attorneys with Diverse Backgrounds & Experiences

Our firm is proud to be comprised of professional attorneys who hail from diverse backgrounds and bring with them unique sets of skills. It’s these varied experiences that allow us to offer our legal services in a wide range of practice areas. We’ve helped countless individuals move on with their lives through passionate advocacy, be it after a devastating car accident or a white-collar crime arrest. Our practice areas include: Criminal defense, including assault and battery, DUI charges, expungements, violent crimes, weapons crimes, and more Family law, which includes divorce, child custody and support, protective orders, and more Labor and employment, such as issues concerning discrimination based on age, disability, gender, race, and pregnancy Personal injury, specifically regarding workers’ compensation matters Bankruptcy, including creditor and debtor issues Immigration Real estate Wills, trusts, and successions Our lawyers have more than 100 years of combined experience, which we can apply to each of our cases. Your future is in the line – you want to trust a law firm that has decades of demonstrated success, like ours. We walk our clients step by step through their case so they understand their options and can make informed decisions for themselves and their families.

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