Thomas Lorenzi

Lorenzi & Barnatt, L.L.P.
518 Pujo Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-436-8401
www.lblegal.com


Tom was born in New Eagle, PA and raised in the Monongahela Valley near Pittsburgh.  He graduated from Duquesne University in 1972 with a BA.  He attended LSU law school, graduating in 1975.  Tom was anxious to defend those who most needed help.  Never was this more true than in the area of capital cases where lawyers who never tried a case were being appointed and paid the princely sum of $1,000, which included any expenses they may have! Although in private practice, Tom handled nearly 50 capital cases, with no death verdicts.  In addition, Tom represented lawyers to bring about judicial and legislative reform of funding indigent defense and was instrumental in creating public interest law firms to provide cutting edge capital defense (Louisiana Capital Assistance Center) and the closure of abusive juvenile prisons with long term reform of the juvenile justice system (Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana).  Tom's professional accomplishments have been recognized by numerous organizations.  He is a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, was named the Distinguished Louisiana Attorney in 2007 by the Louisiana State Bar Foundation, was awarded the 2007 David Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award by the Louisiana State Bar Association, Justice Albert Tate, Jr. Award in 2003 by the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and its Sam Dalton Capital Defense Advocacy Award in 2000, the 2006 Professionalism Award by the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, and been named to Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  Tom is a long time member of the LSBA House of Delegates, served on the Board of Governors and currently serves on the Legislative Committee of the Louisiana Bar Association.  Tom also serves on the LA Law Institute Committees on the Code of Criminal Procedure and Bail Bond Reform.  Tom is a member of the Louisiana and National Cattleman's Association.
Areas of Practice

    Criminal Law
    DUI/DWI
    White Collar Crimes

Bar Admissions

    Louisiana, 1975
    U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1976
    U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1978
    U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1993
    U.S. District Court Southern District of Alabama, 1997
    U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1984
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1987

Education

    Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
        J.D. - 1975
    Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
        B.A. - 1972
        Major: Political Science

Representative Cases

    U.S. v. Katz, 178 F.3d 368 (United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit 1999)
    State v. Wigley, 624 So.2d 425 (Supreme Court of Louisiana 1993)
    State v. Smith, 600 So.2d 1319 (Supreme Court of Louisiana 1992)
    State v. Velez, Vasquez and Quintero-Cruz, 588 So.2d 116 (Court of Appeal of Louisiana, Third Circuit 1991)

Honors and Awards

    Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 1992
    LA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Sam Dalton Capital Advocacy Award, 2000
    LA Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Justice Albert Tate Jr. Award, 2003
    Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court Professionalism Award, 2006
    LA. State Bar Association David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, 2007
    LA Bar Foundation Distinguished Attorney Award, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

    American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow, 2002 - Present
    Louisiana Law Institute, Member, Bail Reform Committee, 1992 - Present
    Code of Criminal Procedure, Member, 1992 - Present
    Mental Illness and Criminal Law, Member, Louisiana Legislative Committee, 1992 - 1994
    Louisiana State, Member, House of Delegates, 1986 - 1994
    Louisiana State, Member, House of Delegates, 1996 - Present
    Louisiana State, Board of Governors, 1999 - 2000
    Louisiana State, Criminal Law Section, Chair, 1996
    American Bar Association, Member
    Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, President, 1992
    Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member, Board of Directors, 1985 - Present
    Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Chairman, Amicus Committee, 1998
    Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Profile/Pretext Highway Stop Committee, 1987 - 1989
    National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
    American Inns of Court, Master, 1996 - 1999