Valerie Gotch Garrett

Valerie Gotch Garrett
Lafayette, Louisiana
E-mail Me

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Child Custody

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1996
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana


  • Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1992
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1989
    • Major: Upper Elementary Education
  • University of Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: Public Relations & Interpersonal Communications

Representative Cases

  • Brown vs. Brown 3rd Appeal (Case Won on Appeal)
  • U.S, vs. Kenneth Payne, (Case Won on Appeal).


  • Taught CLE Course (Domestic Law), Produced Nut and Bolts Document and wrote course materials.

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate from the Young Lawyers Section of The Bar Association for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession and Public, 1994 - 1995
  • Certificate of Excellence Lafayette Volunteer Lawyer, 1994
  • Certificate for the Career Program Vermillion Elementary School, 1996
  • Letter from the House of Representative, Congratulation for Young Lawyers Section Award, 1996
  • Certificate for Outstanding Young Woman of America, 31st Anniversary Award, 1997
  • Certificate for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession and Public, 1997
  • Nominated Times of Acadiana, Women In Business, 2010

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Barrister American Inns of Court, Member
  • LA State Bar Diversity Committee, Member
  • LA State Bar Children Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Lafayette Airport Commission, Secretary
  • CJA District Panel Representative for the Western District of Louisiana, Member
  • CJA District Representative for the Federal Panel Attorneys for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana Criminal Defense Association, Member
  • National Association in Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar , Member
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Associates, Member
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association, Board of Directors
  • Needs of Women, Mayor?s Commission
  • Family Law Section of Lafayette Parish Bar, Member
  • Lafayette Housing Authority, Chairman of the Board
  • National Business Women Association, Member
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyer Association.
  • Athletic City League Sponsor
  • Diversity Committee for UL of Lafayette, Member


  • Delta Sigma