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Lanier announces candidacy for First Circuit Court of Appeal seat

Lanier announces candidacy for First Circuit Court of Appeal seat

Hello, my name is Walt Lanier. I have been a District Judge in Lafourche Parish for the past 16 years. I am running for an open seat on the First Circuit Court of Appeal.

I am married to Natalie Dufrene Lanier and we have two sons, Felix and William.

As the son of retired Judge Walter I. Lanier, Jr., of Lafourche and Rita McQueen Lanier, of Terrebonne, I have deep roots to this region.

I graduated from the LSU Law Center in 1993. During my senior year of Law School, I clerked for Judge Katherine Kimball. Upon graduation, I joined the firm of Pugh, Lanier & Riviere. I became an Assistant District Attorney in 1998 and began my private practice in 1999. I served as a Juvenile, Misdemeanor and Felony Prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office where I gained experience in the criminal justice system. In 2002, I was elected Judge of Division “C” where I have served for 16 years.

Over the past 16 years as Judge, I have experienced all aspects of the law and have rendered verdicts on thousands of cases involving Criminal, Civil, Real Estate, Successions, Family Law, and Business matters.

I have presided over the local Drug Court program since 2013. This year, I formed the Family Preservation Court where we work to save families and rebuild lives destroyed by drugs.

I am active in the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department where I serve as President of Bowie Fire Company. I served on the Red Cross Advisory Board and was the District Chairman of the Boy Scouts for Terrebonne, Lafourche, and Assumption parishes and Scoutmaster for Troop 458.

Additionally, I have been the Chairman of the Lafourche Parish Children & Youth Planning Board since 2005. I am currently a member of Ducks Unlimited and The Nicholls State Alumni Association.

Regarding awards and accolades, the highest honor that can be bestowed upon me is the broad support that I receive from all sectors of the legal community and business community in recognition of the judicial temperament that I display in my courtroom each and every day.

In closing, I humbly ask for your consideration on November 6th for the First Circuit Court of Appeal.