DeRidder Lawyers

John M. Welborn III
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John M. Welborn III
DeRidder, LA Attorney with 7 years of experience
(337) 462-1200 508 N Pine St
DeRidder, LA 70634
Free ConsultationInsurance Claims, Personal Injury and Workers' Comp
Mississippi College School of Law
Mr. Simeon Christie Smith IV
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Mr. Simeon Christie Smith IV
Leesville, LA Lawyer with 23 years of experience
(800) 379-6526 300 Courthouse
Post Office Drawer 1528
Leesville, LA 71496
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
S. Christie Smith IV is the senior partner of SmithBush, LLP, a regional Louisiana law firm originally established in 1911 to represent laborers--and too often their widows and children--who were harmed by the burgeoning and unregulated timber industry in the rural South. Mr. Smith's work today is the modern extension of that century-old practice, in a broader, litigation-based platform. As a consumer advocate and lawyer-in-the-trenches, he has spent his career representing regular people in the fight for safer working conditions, reliable products, civil rights, and fair access to the courts. His practice focuses on litigating wrongful...
James Edward Sudduth III
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James Edward Sudduth III
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 7 years of experience
(833) 783-3884 1109 Pithon Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Employment and Insurance Claims
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
James E. Sudduth, III is the founder and driving force behind Sudduth and Associates, LLC. As a Lake Charles native, he witnessed the lack of growth and direction present in his beloved city and decided to become the force of change the city needed. James knew that to accomplish this goal he would have to temporarily relocate to Baton Rouge. After law school, James returned home to serve as an Assistant District Attorney in the Calcasieu Parish District Attorney’s office, and during his tenure he was promoted to Misdemeanor Section Chief. When offered a second promotion to the Felony Division,...
Taylor Hale
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Taylor Hale
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(337) 433-0612 1735 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationEnergy, Insurance Claims, Maritime and Personal Injury
Loyola University New Orleans
Personal Injury Attorney practicing in the areas of Offshore & Serious Personal Injury. Personal Injury - All Types; Offshore/Jones Act; Construction Accidents; Automobile Accidents; 18-Wheeler Accidents; Wrongful Death, Paralysis, Burns, Amputations, Electrocutions, Head Neck and Back Injuries; Free Consultation - No Fees, Costs, or Expenses if No Recovery. W. Taylor Hale was selected by Super Lawyer magazine as a Rising Star in 2015-2020. W. Taylor Hale is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum - The Top Trial Lawyers in America, which requires a settlement or verdict over one million dollars on behalf of...
Linda S. Melancon
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Linda S. Melancon
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(225) 744-0027 1135 Lakeshore Drive
6th Floor
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Elder, Estate Planning and Probate
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Linda S. Melancon is an attorney practicing in the areas of Estate Planning,
Elder Law, Medicaid and VA benefit’s planning, Special Needs Planning, and Estate
Administration (Probate, Successions and Trust Administration).
Linda is a Board Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist, certified by the
Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. She is also accredited by the Veterans Administration to
give advice regarding veterans’ benefits.

Linda graduated magna cum laude from Mercer University with a double major in business
administration and history and then attended Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law
Center where she graduated with her law degree in 1997.

While in law school, Linda received the Order...
Jimmy Simien
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Jimmy Simien
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 38 years of experience
(800) 374-8422 626 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationCivil Rights, Construction, Criminal Defense and Maritime
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
In 1989, Jimmy began the firm of Simien & Simien, LLC with emphasis on Admiralty and Maritime, Class Actions, Constitutional Law, Criminal Defense, Mass Tort, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death and other major litigation. Other areas in which the firm has extensive experience include Insurance Bad Faith, Insurance Claims, Constitutional Law, Bankruptcy, Commercial Law and limited Criminal Defense matters. During his tenure with the firm, Jimmy was chosen by his peers to be section chief of the ATLA Litigation Committee involving CCA (Chromated Cooper Arsenate) Wood. The focus of that Committee was on litigation pertaining to CCA pressure treated wood,...
Nicholas John Guarisco
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Nicholas John Guarisco
Oakdale, LA Lawyer with 4 years of experience
(318) 335-9857 344 E. 6th Ave.
Oakdale, LA 71463
Free ConsultationImmigration
Tulane University School of Law
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Nick graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Covington, Louisiana, in 2008, before earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication, with a concentration on Public Relations and Journalism, as well as a minor in Business Administration, at Louisiana State University. He was a Cum Laude Honors Graduate who finished third in his graduating class at LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication in December 2012.

While attending Tulane University Law School, Nick was elected as the Senior Managing Editor of The Sports Lawyers Journal, Vol. 23. He graduated in 2016 and was admitted to the...
Terrence D. McCay
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Terrence D. McCay
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 21 years of experience
(337) 439-0490 1 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1150
Lake Charles, LA 70629
Asbestos, Employment and Environmental
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Michael Scott Ogden
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Michael Scott Ogden
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 5 years of experience
(337) 436-3332 130 W. Kirby St.
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Scott was recently selected as a 2018 Super Lawyers Rising Star, awarded to 2.5% of attorneys under 40. He was selected for the 2016 and 2017 “Top 10 under 40” award by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys, as well as the 2016 and 2017 Louisiana “10 Best Attorneys” by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for client satisfaction. He was also named as a Louisiana top 10 Attorney by Attorney and Practice Magazine for 2017.

Scott graduated cum laude from the Paul M. Hebert LSU Law center in 2015. During law school, Scott prepared for a career...
Mark Wayne Simien
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Mark Wayne Simien
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 26 years of experience
(800) 374-8422 626 Broad St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Mark Simien graduated from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana. He began working in the chemical industry as an Operator/Processor. During his tenure with the chemical industry, Mark worked as both a relief supervisor, being placed in charge of several plant improvement projects, as well as relief supervisor for plant operations. Mark also worked as relief supervisor for the plant’s laboratory and was in charge of maintaining the scheduled and special testing necessary to maintain operations and shipments of the plant. Mark took this valuable experience with him to law school and then into practice when he...
Eulis Simien Jr
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Eulis Simien Jr
Lake Charles, LA Attorney
(800) 374-8422 626 Broad St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Personal Injury
Columbia Law School and Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Upon leaving full-time status at the L.S.U Law Center, Eulis became a member of the Simien & Simien Law Firm. Eulis is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit United States Courts of Appeals, all federal district courts in Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court and all inferior state courts. Eulis Simien maintains a general trial and appellate practice with emphasis on the areas of Personal Injury, Admiralty and Maritime, Class Actions, Complex Litigation and Criminal Defense. Speaking Engagements & Literary Works: Starting Your Own Practice (Panel Discussion), LSU Law Center, August, 2006...
Michael Holmes
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Michael Holmes
Kinder, LA Lawyer with 27 years of experience
(337) 738-2568 528 North Ninth Street
Kinder, LA 70648
Estate Planning, Family, Personal Injury and Probate
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Allen Parish Wills & Successions Attorney
J. Heath Dillon
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J. Heath Dillon
Leesville, LA Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(337) 239-2244 300 Courthouse Street
Leesville, LA 71446
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Employment and Military
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Heath Dillon was raised in Vernon Parish, Louisiana. He attended college at Northwestern State University for undergraduate studies, where he graduated with honors. He then attended the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he obtained his Juris Doctor degree.

Heath was admitted to practice law in Louisiana in September of 1996. After law school, Heath was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he served on active duty for 8 years in the ranks of First Lieutenant, Captain and Major.

In 2004, Heath resigned his commission as an Army...
Randall E Hart
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Randall E Hart
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 26 years of experience
(337) 439-2450 1301 Common St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationMaritime, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
South Texas College Of Law
Randall is somewhat of a rarity among attorneys - one that brings a great deal of "real world" experience to the practice of law. Randall earned a living as a chemical engineer and a construction company owner before choosing the law as his third (and final) profession over 15 years ago. Randy graduated near the top of his chemical engineering class from Louisiana State University and worked as a process engineer with a major chemical company for several years. Randy's engineering background has proven valuable in the law practice time and time again, as having a firm grasp of mathematics...
J. Rock Palermo III
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J. Rock Palermo III
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 28 years of experience
(337) 310-1600 721 Kirby St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Arbitration & Mediation, Asbestos, Insurance Claims and Maritime
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Rock graduated from LSU Law School in 1992 and from LSU with a bachelor's degree in 1987. While at LSU Law School he was selected to the Moot Court Board. He is a partner in the firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles. The firm handles serious personal injury and wrongful death cases particularly in the areas of maritime, petrochemical, products liability, medical malpractice and automobile negligence. He is a member of the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, American Board of Trial Advocates, LSU Law Center Chancellor's Council, and the Louisiana Association for Justice. ...
John Lee Hoffoss Jr
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John Lee Hoffoss Jr
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 16 years of experience
(337) 439-5788 1830 Hodges St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationEmployment, Maritime and Personal Injury
Southern University Law Center
J. Lee Hoffoss, Jr. practices exclusively in the areas of personal injury, Jones Act, maritime law, and employment law in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas.
Mrs. Nadine Dunbar Gills Esq.
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Mrs. Nadine Dunbar Gills Esq.
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(337) 513-4820 330 Alamo Street Suite B
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Business, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Southern University Law Center and University of Louisiana - Lafayette
Ms. Lee Ann Archer
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Ms. Lee Ann Archer
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 35 years of experience
(337) 474-4712 1225 Rustic Lane.
Lake Charles, LA 70605
Appeals
Tulane University School of Law
A former Louisiana Supreme Court clerk and practicing appellate attorney since 1992, Ms. Archer assists Louisiana trial attorneys with high stakes appeals. Visit her website at www.leeaarcher.com
Ashley Foret Dees
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Ashley Foret Dees
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 12 years of experience
(337) 214-0670 517 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Immigration
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Having handled thousands of immigration law cases including those involving family visas, agricultural immigration, business immigration, detainment, and removal proceedings, our team at Ashley Foret Dees, LLC has the experience to help you. When you come to our Lake Charles or Houston immigration attorneys, you can be sure that we put your needs first and work to provide a personalized case strategy based on your needs. We represent clients in serious immigration law matters and we know the various laws that can affect the outcome of your case. We want to help you. Call Ashley Foret Dees, LLC.
Alvin David Hunt
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Alvin David Hunt
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 28 years of experience
(337) 310-9111 613 Alamo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Michael Carleton
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Michael Carleton
Lake Charles, LA Attorney
(337) 433-6328 Suite 1750
One Lakeshore Dr
Lake Charles, LA 70629
Business, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Over 20 years in general civil practice focusing primarily on real estate and business work but with experience in number of other legal fields including litigation , succession/probate, and oil and gas.
Kadence Haskett
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Kadence Haskett
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 1 year of experience
(337) 436-3332 130 W. Kirby Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Family and Personal Injury
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Kadence Rayne Haskett was born and raised in North Texas until she moved to Louisiana. She attended Louisiana State University where she graduated in 3.5 years an earned her degree in Political Science and a minor in Religious Studies in 2015. Kadence then attended LSU Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor and Graduate Diploma in Comparative Law in 2019.

Kadence’s parents divorced while she was still very young. She has a personal perspective of the different emotions and challenges that are result from divorced and blended families. Kadence understands how to help families navigate...
B. Thomas Shea
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B. Thomas Shea
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 9 years of experience
(337) 564-4148 1 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1720
Lake Charles, LA 70629
Family
Villanova University School of Law and Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
Hello! My name is Tom Shea. I am a family law attorney practicing in Southwest Louisiana. In 2017, I started Tom Shea Family Law, LLC to help people with difficult family law issues. My practice is focused exclusively on family law: divorce, community property, child custody, child support, spousal support, relocations, modifications, contempt and other types of enforcement. I have handled several hundred family law cases at the district court level. I have also successfully litigated cases through the Third Circuit Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. I...
Erin Nicole Abrams
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Erin Nicole Abrams
Lake Charles, LA Attorney
(337) 433-1414 910 Ford Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Family
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
Jacob Colonna
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Jacob Colonna
Lake Charles, LA Attorney with 11 years of experience
(337) 656-3212 900 Ryan St
Suite 402
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Free ConsultationCriminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Personal Injury and Traffic Tickets
Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
John Richardson
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John Richardson
OAKDALE, LA Attorney with 5 years of experience
(318) 335-9857 344 E 6th Ave
OAKDALE, LA 71463
Appeals, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Tulane University School of Law
Originally from Oakdale, John graduated from Oakdale High School in 2008. He set off for New Orleans to study finance at Tulane University and, in 2012, graduated with his B.S.M.

After college, John attended Tulane University Law School. While at Tulane, John discovered his love for litigation and trial. He represented Tulane's American Association for Justice Mock Trial Team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, his 2L year and coached the team in his 3L year. In addition to his participation in mock trial, John served as a student attorney for the Tulane Domestic Violence Clinic, where he fought for the rights of...
Tiffany L Ratliff
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Tiffany L Ratliff
Leesville, LA Lawyer with 7 years of experience
(337) 397-4872 109 S. 3rd Street
Leesville, LA 71446
Criminal Defense, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Southern University Law Center
Mr.  Aaron James Broussard
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Mr. Aaron James Broussard
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer
(337) 439-2450 1301 Common St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Asbestos, Insurance Claims, Maritime and Medical Malpractice
Tulane University School of Law
Aaron is a life long resident of Sulphur, Louisiana. He graduated from Sulphur High School in 1998 and graduated from McNeese four years later. He attended Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and began practicing law at the age of 25. In law school, Aaron was a lead member of Tulane's National Moot Court Trial Team. He was also selected for Tulane's Law Clinic which allows senior students to represent real clients while still in school. Aaron dedicated his law clinic experience to assisting victims of domestic violence in New Orleans. He also graduated with a Certificate...
Robert Michael McHale Jr
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Robert Michael McHale Jr
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer
(337) 990-0093 631 Kirby St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Divorce and Family
Spencer Trahan
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Spencer Trahan
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer with 12 years of experience
One Lakeshore Dr. #1220
Lake Charles, LA 70629
Business and Insurance Defense
Loyola University New Orleans
Robert McHale
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Robert McHale
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer
(337) 990-0093 631 Kirby St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Criminal Defense
Donald Carl Hodge Jr
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Donald Carl Hodge Jr
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer
(337) 436-1892 2258 Belfield Rd
Lake Charles, LA 70611
Consumer
Cody J. Vidrine
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Cody J. Vidrine
Lake Charles, LA Attorney
(337) 990-0060 1135 Hodges Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Daniel Wayne
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Daniel Wayne
Leesville, LA Lawyer
(337) 239-2244 300 E Courthouse St
Leesville, LA 71446
Personal Injury
Wes Bailey
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Wes Bailey
Leesville, LA Attorney
(337) 404-7716 609 S. 4th Street
Leesville, LA 71446
Criminal Defense
Marcus Myers
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Marcus Myers
Lake Charles, LA Lawyer
(337) 477-0000 1740 Ryan Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Leslie Musso
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Leslie Musso
Lake Charles, LA Attorney
(337) 433-1414 910 Ford Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Walter Gabriel
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Walter Gabriel
Alexandria, LA Lawyer with 11 years of experience
(318) 445-2121 3600 Jackson St
Suite 202-A
Alexandria, LA 71303
Free ConsultationPersonal Injury
Southern University Law Center
Our firm specializes in taking the stress and worry away from our clients. When clients sign up with our firm, they can meet their medical appointments and eventually get back to their lives knowing that we will take care of them.

Attorney Walter Gabriel has recently been selected Top 40 Under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association and is peer-rated AV Preeminent for highest level of professional excellence. Millions of dollars have been recovered for clients of the Law Firm of Walter Gabriel.
Christopher Kinnison
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Christopher Kinnison
Alexandria, LA Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(318) 528-0700 900 4th Street, Suite 400
Alexandria, LA 71301
Free ConsultationLouisiana State University - Baton Rouge
To say that Chris is passionate about the practice of immigration law would be an understatement. Chris thrives on helping those in destitute situations trying to make a better life for themselves. Chris's passion stems from his upbringing overseas. Chris was born in Thailand in 1978 close to the Cambodian border where he regularly saw refugees housed behind barbed wire fences as a result of the civil war in Cambodia.

After graduating from Auburn University in 2001, Chris moved to Cambodia where he spent two years teaching English at the Royal University of Phnom Penh and working at an internal displacement...
Jimmy D. Long Jr.
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Jimmy D. Long Jr.
Natchitoches, LA Lawyer with 30 years of experience
(800) 821-8699 4133 University Parkway
Natchitoches, LA 71457
Free ConsultationElder, Estate Planning, Probate and Tax
Loyola University New Orleans
Jimmy D. Long, Jr., Attorney at Law, is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Administration by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. Jimmy offers comprehensive legal services in the areas of estate planning, wills and trust, estate law, probate court and avoidance, revocable living trusts, durable power of attorney, advanced medical directives, planning for minors, child guardianships, child inheritance, trust accounts, long-term care and Louisiana Medicaid planning, Medicaid eligibility and application process, Veterans benefits, probate and estate administration, charitable planning, special needs planning, estate tax planning, business owners and planning, business succession planning, Medicaid crisis planning, and asset protection....

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