Catherine L. Stagg

Catherine L. Stagg

Sole Practitioner
Lake Charles, Louisiana

Catherine Stagg has assisted thousands of individuals and families since she was admitted to the practice of law in 1977.  She takes her obligations as a “Counselor at Law” just as seriously as her advocacy role as an “Attorney at Law”.  Since 1977, Ms. Stagg has worked exclusively in Public Interest law firms and agencies or as a self-employed sole practitioner, representing real people with real problems.  As a new attorney  she was taught what she calls the number one lesson many lawyers never learn - to always ask what the client wants.  To achieve that goal, Ms. Stagg conducts a “legal check-up” with her clients and will take as much time as needed to fully understand her clients’ needs and how best to assist them. 
The vast majority of Ms. Stagg’s representation is in all types of Criminal Defense, in all types of Family and Juvenile law, and in Social Security and SSI Disability cases.  Ms. Stagg also has experience in and handles immigration cases, wills, estates, successions, employment, unlawful discrimination and civil rights cases. 

Ms. Stagg is a Southern Louisiana native and graduated from Sulphur High School in Sulphur, Louisiana in 1972.

Areas of Practice

  • Social Security - Disability
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1978


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1977
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1973

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • National Organization of Social Security Claimants' Representatives (NOSSCR)
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL)

Past Employment Positions

  • Southwest Louisiana Law Center (formerly Southwest LA Legal Services Society, Inc), Attorney; Senior Litigator & Manager, Domestic Violence Project, Lake Charles Louisiana, 2001 - 2006
  • Catherine L. Stagg, Attorney, Monroe, Louisiana, 1988 - 2001
  • North Louisiana Legal Assistance Corporation, Executive Director, Monroe, Louisiana, 1984 - 1988
  • Louisiana Department of Justice, Consumer Protection Section, Assistant Attorney General, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1980 - 1984
  • Capital Area Legal Services Corporation, Staff Attorney, Managing Attorney, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1977 - 1980


  • English
  • Spanish
  • Arabic