Steven W. Hale

  • Managing Partner


Lake Charles, LA





Steven W. Hale was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana in 1953. He was raised in Memphis, Tennessee and Little Rock, Arkansas before moving to Lake Charles, Louisiana. He considers Lake Charles his home.

He attended Landry Memorial High School and was Class President of the first graduating class of St. Louis High School in 1971. Whereupon he attended Louisiana State University as an undergraduate before being accepted to attend Louisiana State University Law School as an early admissions candidate after three years of undergraduate course work. He graduated from Louisiana State Law School in 1977 at the age of 24. He was selected and participated on the Louisiana State University Law School Moot Court Board and graduated in the top of his class.

Seeking employment after graduation he began his career as a law clerk for the Judges of the 14th Judicial District Court in Lake Charles. He had the privilege of working with Judge Henry Yelverton, Judge Warren Hood, Judge William Swift, Judge L.E. Hawsey, and Judge Cecil Cutrer.

He was asked by the District Attorney of Calcasieu Parish, Frank T. Salter, Jr. to work as an Assistant District Attorney prosecuting criminal cases. As an assistant district attorney he successfully prosecuted felony and misdemeanor charges. He argued cases before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

He decided to devote his talent and time to the private law firm of Salter, Streete and Hale. For over 20 years he represented people from all walks of life who were wrongfully injured through the negligence of others.

In the year 2000 he moved to his current location to fight for and protect families who were injured. His practice focuses on serious personal injury, disability, and related family matters.

He continues to handle select criminal matters.

He particularly enjoys working on truck and automobile accidents, offshore and Jones Act accidents, industrial workplace safety issues and premises liability.

He has successfully handled thousands of personal injury claims.

He was awarded the highest peer review rating of "AV" from Martindale-Hubbell for 2004-present.

He was selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyer in 2007, 2008 and 2014. In 2012, he was named to the Top Personal Injury Attorneys in Acadiana.

He is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury, Auto, Truck, Premise, Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Family Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Business Law
  • Social Security Disability

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law, 1995 - Present, Louisiana State Bar Association

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1977


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 00/1977
    • Honors: Moot Court Board
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S.
    • Honors: Early Admission to Law School

Representative Clients

  • Working Men and Women
  • Refinery Workers
  • Jones Act Seaman
  • Maritime Industry Workers

Honors and Awards

  • Top Attorney in Acadiana in the fields of Admiralty and Maritime Law and Family Law
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2007-2008, 2014
  • Top Personal Injury Attorney in Acadiana
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1977
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association, 1978 to Present
  • Louisiana Association of Wholesalers

Past Employment Positions

  • 14th Judicial District Court, Law Clerk, 1978
  • Calcasieu Parish, Assistant District Attorney, 1979

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer Legal Services, Present
  • Public Defender Attorney, 1979 to 1999
  • Public Criminal Defender Board of Directors, 1979-1999
  • Court Appointed Advocate for Children
  • Louisiana State Bar Test Examiner by Appointment of Louisiana Supreme Court for Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure
  • Served on Southwest Louisiana Bar Association Ethics Committee
  • Served on Louisiana Family Law Certification Board by Appointment of Louisiana Supreme Court

Ancillary Businesses

  • Gaming
  • President, Lee Dee Wholesale Distributing Co., Inc. and Hale Wholesale Distributing Co., Inc.
  • E.Z. Aces Gaming, Inc.
  • Real Estate Holdings Manager
  • Hale’s Hog Heaven

Our Case Results

$10,000,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, had his lower leg amputated in a maritime workplace accident due to negligently maintained and constructed equipment.

$4 ,000,000 Personal Injury Case

Plaintiff, an inmate at Beauregard Parish Jail, was severely beaten by a fellow inmate, resulting in permanent paralysis and brain damage.

$3,649,831.84 Jury Verdict

Offshore basket transfer from the deck of a vessel to an unmanned fixed platform in which plaintiff suffered operated neck and back injuries.

$3,500,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff suffered serious and permanent disfiguring burns due to a defective carnival ride at the New Orleans Superdome that caught fire.

$2,400,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman/deckhand, had his lower leg amputated on a barge located in Texas on the San Jacinto River.

$2,000,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, was working on a lay barge when a cable struck him in the abdomen resulting in an operated back injury.

$1,500,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, suffered an operated neck injury when the pushboat he was working aboard on the Mississippi River near New Orleans capsized and sank due to the wakes generated by a passing chemical tanker and towboat and the unseaworthiness of the pushboat.

$1,300,000 Railroad Accident

Railroad accident in Vinton, Louisiana in which inadequate and outdated warnings, obsolete wig wag and site obstructions at railroad crossing resulted in severe, permanent head injury.

$595,000 Plaintiff

Automobile accident in which plaintiff suffered an operated neck injury when his vehicle was struck by a left turning motorist who failed to yield. No lost wage claim.

$405,398 Plaintiff

Automobile accident in which plaintiff’s vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler resulting in an operated back injury at the same levels as a prior back surgery. No loss wage claim.

$150,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, suffered severe mental anguish when the dredge tender he was working aboard in Mobile, Alabama capsized and sank due to bad weather and the unseaworthiness of the vessel.

$1.1 Million Construction Accident

Construction accident involving plaintiff who fell through an opening in catwalk grating resulting in an operated back injury and brain injury.

$1.1 Million Jury Verdict Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in Allen Parish in which plaintiff's vehicle struck a large pothole on the highway, causing her vehicle to run off the highway and strike a tree.

$ 1.1 Million Settled During Trial Construction Accident

Construction accident in which plaintiff released pipe from a secured pipe rack, pinning himself between the pipe rack and his 18-wheeler, crushing his head and body and resulting in his death.

$ 1.1 Million Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in which plaintiff's vehicle was broad-sided, resulting in an operated neck injury.

$ 1,750,000 Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in which an 18-wheeler struck plaintiff’s vehicle, resulting in neck and leg injuries.