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James Edward Sudduth III

Criminal defense Attorney at Lake Charles, LA

5.0   16 reviews
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  • State Years
    Texas - TX 9 years
    Louisiana - LA 10 years
  • Licensed for 9 years
    State TX
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State LA
    Acquired 2013
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About James

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James E. Sudduth, III is the founder and driving force behind Sudduth and Associates. 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, James declined stating that he was being called to serve the public in a different arena.

"At the end of the end of the day it isn't about the amount of money you bring home or the prestige attached to your name; rather it is the satisfaction of a job well done and knowing that despite your limited resources you have accomplished the near impossible. It is about making a difference in people's lives and having the desire to serve them when no one else will. This is what it means to be a true servant to the public."

Awards

Client's Choice 2017,2016
Client's Choice
2017 2016

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Location

Sudduth & Associates, LLC

Reviews

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Client's Choice 2017
Client's Choice
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Posted by anonymous | January 14, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, knowledgable, and compassionate
James was crucial in the process of navigating my way through a difficult time at my job. I consulted him on a number of occasions about how to properly (and legally) handle my problem with the office administration and human resource professionals. Throughout the entire ordeal, James could not have been more professional, courteous and knowledgable regarding my employment issue. He was prompt with his responses and could not have shown more compassion for the issue. If you're looking an attorney to fight for you, call James.
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Posted by anonymous | January 13, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great Guy
I was referred to James by a friend of mine as I was being unfairly treated at work. In short, my Manager at the time was incompetent and making decisions that were detrimental to the business I had been working for, for the past 5 years. I approached him regarding a variety of issues, at which point he decided to make it his mission to try get me fired. I was called to his office and given a final warning, for an issue that he had fabricated. he had not followed any company policy, he had no supporting documentation, however the HR Manager he had consulted supported his action. Being in the US on a work visa and in an 'at will' state and not having knowledge of US employment law, I felt my best course of action was to take legal advice....enter James Sudduth. James met with me at very short notice, after hours and we discussed my situation in detail. Firstly, I felt very at ease speaking with James. He listened, took detailed notes and asked for clarification where he felt it was required. Secondly, he gave me some excellent advice regarding my situation, both legal and also mediation. He also gave me excellent advice as to how record what was happening and key things I was to notate, were things to go legal. Refreshingly, James advised to mediate first in order to both preserve my relationship with my company and also to avoid legal bills. I returned to work and following the advice James had provided, I escalated my appeal to the HR Director. In short, all my warnings were revoked and the Manager was relieved of his duties. Importantly, my reputation was preserved and I have been able to refocus energy on getting my job done. Without a doubt, I would recommend James to anybody looking for Lawyer who is looking after their clients best interest.
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Posted by Landry | August 13, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professionalism and Efficiency
Great team - Got a speeding ticket because I was driving 104 mph on a 70 zone. They were able to convince the judge to charge me with a Non-moving Violation which was the best deal for this case so it won't show on my driving record or affect my car insurance policy. Thanks a lot guys
Posted by anonymous | May 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I highly recommend this law firm!
I can not praise this law firm enough! From day one Ryan took the time to explain every step to me. I had so many questions and he was so patient to answer everything for me. They were very professional and I knew that I was in good hands. My case definitely ended in my favor. I can't thank them enough. I would highly recommend this law firm!
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Posted by Aaron | May 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Satisfied Aa
Mr. Sudduth was an amazing lawyer and an amazing person. He actually cared and you could tell. His staff was equally amazing, compassionate and accommodating. I am beyond pleased.
Response from James Sudduth May 8, 2017
Thanks so much, Aaron! It was a pleasure working for you! I'm glad we were able to get you the results you were hoping for!
Posted by Dylan | April 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I hired James to help me with criminal charges and he got all my charges dropped.
Posted by anonymous | March 22, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
On top of it- from beginning to end
After being jerked around by 2 previous lawyers, I was at my wits end to find someone in the Calcasieu parish of a professional nature, dedicated to take my case. Mr. Sudduth was the answer. He and his associates took on the job with full confidence, transparency, and above all- due diligence. They worked hard from beginning to end- while always maintaining communication and excellent service. Though I would hope never to require legal representation again, James and his team would be the folks I would call.
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Posted by anonymous | March 15, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional and proficient
From the very first time that I met with Mr. Sudduth, I could tell that I was in good hands. He was a perfect mix of humble and confident. He was able to take my case that I had no hope for and get an outcome that was better than I could've ever anticipated. I am so thankful for him and his entire staff. They made me feel comfortable throughout the entire process and ensured me that they had everything under control. I would recommend Mr. Sudduth to anyone looking for his services.
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Posted by anonymous | September 27, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Client
James Sudduth is a brilliant legal mind and a premier up and coming attorney. Highly recommend him. Superior to all other attorneys in Lake Charles and his Staff is well-above par.
Posted by Brent | September 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
High caliber professional
I have worked with James on a multitude of cases as an adversary when he was a prosecutor. James was alway professional and considered all of the facts when working towards resolution of matters. He exercised great wisdom in the execution of his job a prosecutor. As a private attorney, I have consulted several times with James and he continues to be incredibly professional always extending himself. He is one of the local attorneys to whom I refer clients who are seeking counsel in areas that I do not practice.
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Posted by Ashley | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and Compassionate!
James and 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 James in my corner.
Posted by Chris | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
HIGHEST RECOMMEDATION
Having led a Billion Dollar Project, retiring from the Military and retiring as a Sr. Federal Government Employee, you might say “I have high standards for selecting an Attorney”. I approached James with my EEOC case that was complicated with both Retaliation and Discrimination. EEOC cases are time driven with events which must be completed on schedule. Literally in a matter of weeks he had to review, access and figure out how best to develop the Complaint and meet all the requirements. While we discussed the case back and forth, James was always steady, calm and listened intently, making sure he got all the facts and details he needed to represent me and go to work quickly. He worked diligently and tirelessly to meet all the built-in deadlines. When I finally read the Complaint filing and compared it to other like cases and law standards, I was very impressed with his skill and attention to detail and how thoroughly he’d been. Long story short, our Complaint filing met the standards and protocol for filing and we have a case that’s in the system. While we have only begun this journey, I know I’ve made the right choice. In the end no matter what’s your case, 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.
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Posted by Rodney | September 20, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trustworthy and reliable
He helped us with our legal needs, e.g. Representation, legal advise both in business and personal. He takes time to explain things, and I feel at ease that I am doing the right thing based on his advise. I consider him as my personal lawyer and a friend. I highly recommend him to anybody who needs legal help and advise. You won't regret it.
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Posted by Dennis | March 7, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Genuine concern and honesty throughout the process
Mr. Sudduth exhibits genuine concern for my situation, and he worked with me to bring my case to a positive outcome. I was really impressed that he was willing to travel 2 hours in each direction to file my paperwork in the appropriate courthouse.
Posted by Charles McLemore | January 22, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Professional, knowledgeable
I consulted Mr. Sudduth about creating an operating agreement and independent contractor contract as part of an existing LLC. He was "Johnny on the spot" as he responded to my questions and made recommendations and suggestions. He was easy to reach and communicate with. He finalized my project in a timely manner. I highly recommend Mr Sudduth!
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Posted by Sherese | January 14, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Thank you!
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. His passion for helping people sets him apart from any other attorney in this area. Many many thanks!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Contingency 30%-40%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Sudduth & Associates, LLC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Mcneese State University
  • 2014 - Present
  • Misdemeanor Section Chief
  • Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Clerk
  • 14th Judicial District Court
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Law Clerk
  • Western District of Louisiana
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Clerk
  • 14th Judicial District Court
  • 2011 - 2011
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Education

  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2013
  • Louisiana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2010

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Sudduth v. Texas Health and Human Services Commission
  • Lehman v. D’Albor and The City of Jennings, 2016 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 150035
  • In Progress (Motion to Dismiss - Denied)

Associations

  • Sowela Foundation Board
  • Board Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • Planning & Zoning Commission for the City of Lake Charles
  • Alternate Member
  • 2016 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Law Center
  • Board Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • St. Thomas More Society
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Under 40
  • National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Ira S. Flory Trial Advocacy Competition - 1st Place
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University
  • 2012
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Nuts and Bolts of Solo Practice
  • How To Start a Solo Practice
  • 2016
  • 2016 LMPOA Conference
  • DWI - 894
  • 2016
  • CLE
  • Search and Seizure Law
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (6)
Endorse James
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James is an excellent attorney who represents his clients with thoroughness, diligence and advocates their case to the best of his ability: a formidable opponent. I am comfortable recommending James to anyone needing a highly skilled attorney."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 30
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. James is a knowledgeable, professional, and ethical attorney."
Discrimination Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the distinct pleasure of dealing with Mr. Sudduth on several employment and personal injuries cases. He is an outstanding and passionate lawyer who never gives up fighting for his clients. I can personally attest to Mr. Sudduth's resilience and dedication. The phrase "cut and run" is something he clearly has never heard before. When the odds are stacked against him, he simply digs in and fights that much harder for his client until he obtains the results they deserve. I have in the past and will continue to recommend Mr. Sudduth given these attributes."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 13
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"James takes a practical approach when discussing his clients' cases. He is well versed in his particular client's situation and offers a fair and intelligent resolution. I have never had a case with James where I doubted his word--this goes a long way in my book."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I fully endorse James Sudduth. James is dedicated, diligent, compassionate, and very knowledgeable. James fully understands criminal law because he has been on both sides of the law. As a prosecutor, James was successful in protecting the public. James uses his experience gained as a prosecutor to defend his clients and fully protect their interests. James' work-ethic is second to none."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 21
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with James both at the DA's Office as well as opposing counsel in criminal defense. He works tirelessly for his clients and is dedicated and very knowledgeable in the area of criminal defense. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"James is one of the hardest working attorneys I know, and is dedicated to achieving the best results for all of his clients. His knowledge of the law and the criminal justice system is exceeded only by his work ethic."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I had the pleasure of working with James at the District Attorney's Office. James is one of the most dedicated attorneys to our profession. He truly cares about the people he represents and is a seeker of justice. Any client would be in great hands with James representing their legal matters"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Car accident Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"Very professional, honest, and caring. Will fight for his clients when others will not. If more lawyers were like James, the world would be a better place."
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Lake Charles Criminal defense Lawyer James Edward Sudduth III
James Edward Sudduth III
Criminal defense Attorney
Lake Charles, LA
Licensed for 10 years
Free Consultation
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