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. 



1985 Graduate of E.D. White High School

1990 Graduate of Nicholls State University

1993 Graduate of Louisiana University Law School



Private practice of law 1993-2002

Assistant District Attorney - 1998-2002

Past President, Vice President and Secretary-Treasurer of Lafourche Parish Bar Association

District Judge - 17th Judicial District Court, Division C;  2002 to present

Lafourche Parish Drug Court Judge 2013 to present



Outstanding Judicial Award Recipient from Victims & Citizens Against Crime, Inc.  2005

Chairman of the Lafourche Parish Children & Youth Planning Board 2005 to present

Member of the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department 1996 to present

Past Member of the Thibodaux Rescue Squad

President of Bowie Fire Company 2008 to present

Coach for Thibodaux Bantam Football League 2004 to 2011

Boy Scouts of America, Chairman of the Bayou District for Terrebonne, Lafourche and Assumption Parishes 2004 to 2011, District Award of Merit recipient 2006 and Silver Beaver Award 2010, Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 458 2010 to present



Married to Natalie Dufrene Lanier

Father of Felix, 21 and William 18

Avid Outdoorsman who loves hunting and fishing



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