Criminal Defense Attorney Baton Rouge Louisiana

David E. Stanley

Founder and Principal

David Stanley is the founder and principal of David E. Stanley APLC. Since 1983, Mr. Stanley has successfully practiced law from his office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He is a well respected and distinguished trial lawyer fiercely dedicated to representing clients accused of committing serious or complex federal or state felony crimes, who desire to appeal a conviction or sentence to a federal or state appellate court, or those who have been catastrophically injured in an automobile, big truck, motorcycle, or pedestrian accident.

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About David E. Stanley

His Story

David Stanley is the founder and trial attorney at David E. Stanley, APLC, which maintains its office in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Since 1983, clients with the desire, determination, and resources to fight their criminal charges have trusted him to aggressively defend them in serious or complex felony criminal cases, handle their federal and state criminal appeals, and get them just compensation for serious or catastrophic injuries sustained in automobile accidents in the federal courts and state courts throughout Louisiana. David E Stanley APLC

Mr. Stanley was born, raised, and educated in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting from Louisiana State University (1979) and a Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University (1983).  He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana.  Mr. Stanley has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. In Louisiana, he is admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court, all state appellate courts, and all state district courts in Louisiana. Mr. Stanley has successfully argued cases before the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Stanley has earned an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings, which evaluates lawyers in the United States and Canada based upon peer view, which attests to a lawyer’s legal ability and professional ethics as reflected by the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary.  The “A” portion indicates the highest possible rating for legal ability, while the “V” portion indicates adherence to the highest standard of professional conduct.  AV Preeminent is the highest peer rating standard. It is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by other attorneys. David E Stanley APLC

Mr. Stanley is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Recently, he was honored to become a Lifetime Charter Member of the Best Attorneys of America. He was also included in The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers for the year 2015. The American Society of Legal Advocates selected him as one of the Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in the State of Louisiana in 2015. He also received the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award in 2015 and 2018. In 2013, Mr. Stanley was listed in The Legal Network Top Lawyers in Louisiana.

If you are determined to fight your criminal charges, and protect your good name, no matter what it takes, you have found the right attorney. David Stanley is an energetic and  tireless worker committed to fighting for justice for his clients and the best possible outcome in their cases.  He is extremely thorough in his work and pays close attention to detail. He is committed to personally working with each client to quickly and efficiently find practical solutions to their legal problems so that they may resume their normal activities as soon as possible. David E Stanley APLC

Mr. Stanley’s approach to the practice of law is simple. He treats every client with dignity, respect, and compassion. He cares deeply about his clients and their legal problems. His objective in every case is to provide excellent client service and the highest level of client satisfaction.

As your lawyer, Mr. Stanley will listen carefully to you regarding the details of your case, your concerns, your goals, and your objectives for your case. He will assess your situation, identify the issues in your case, explain the law to you, and clearly communicate the legal options available to you. He will work with you to develop a criminal defense strategy to help you achieve your goals and objectives. In court, he will stand side by side with you every step of the way and aggressively fight for you to achieve your goals and objectives. David E. Stanley APLC

Mr. Stanley believes that we have the privilege of living and working in the greatest country the world has ever known, and each of us are truly blessed to call Louisiana home. Mr. Stanley’s love for the people of Louisiana and his enthusiasm for the law continues to grow with each passing year. He feels truly blessed by the trust and confidence that his clients have placed in him for nearly years.

In his personal life, Mr. Stanley is a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He and his wife, Debbie, have been married for almost 35 years, and they have been blessed with four wonderful children and five beautiful grandchildren. He is an avid LSU sports fan. He loves music and plays both piano and guitar. He also enjoys offshore saltwater fishing, duck hunting, outdoor cooking, coaching youth basketball and baseball, and traveling with his family. David E. Stanley APLC

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana Supreme Court, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1983
  • S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1983
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, pro hac vice


  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • LifeTime Charter Member of Best Attorneys of America, 2018
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award, 2015, 2018
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers, The National Trial Lawyers, 2015 – Present
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers In Louisiana, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2015
  • Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell, 2015
  • Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Louisiana, American Society of Legal Advocates, 2014
  • Named to Expertise Top 20 Best Car Accident Lawyers in Baton Rouge List, 2019 & 2020
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