C. Sherburne Sentell, Jr., the senior partner in the firm, has been practicing law in Minden over 35 years. He is a graduate of Tulane Law School in New Orleans, one of the top law schools in the country. He is a member of the Louisiana and National Trial Lawyers Associations and his success has been featured in a news article in Lawyers Weekly USA, a national publication. Sherburne holds the highest rating given by the Martindale-Hubbell rating service, which is a rating of “AV.” The “A” represents the highest possible rating (very high to preeminent) for legal ability, and the “V” represents having a reputation among members of the bar and bench for diligence, reliability, and ethical conduct.
C. Sherburne Sentell, III, “Sherb,” is the elected Minden-Ward 1 City Judge, but he is allowed to also maintain a private law practice. Sherb graduated with honors from Davidson College in North Carolina. He then served on active duty in the United States Army, graduating from Ranger School and then joining the 82nd Airborne Division. Sherb fought in Desert Storm as an infantry 2nd Lieutenant and received a Bronze Star Medal. After discharge, he remained in the reserves and was awarded the Douglas MacArthur award in 2000 for outstanding leadership. He was mobilized again in 2004-2005 during OIF where he was awarded his second Bronze Star Medal. In 2013, Sherb received a Master's Degree from the United States Army War College. Judge Sentell remains active in the Army Reserves and currently holds the rank of Colonel and is an Inspector General.
After his active duty military service, Sherb went to LSU Law School in Baton Rouge where he graduated fifth in his class in 1995. At LSU Law School, he served on and wrote a published article for the Louisiana Law Review (nationally recognized legal journal containing analytical articles by legal scholars), a position offered to only the top 10% of the class. Sherb has been inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame.
After law school, Sherb worked as a law clerk for Federal Judge Donald E. Walter in Shreveport. He later joined his father in Minden, Louisiana in 1996. Sherb also served as the Chief Assistant District Attorney for Webster Parish (County) where he was the lead prosecutor in trying criminal jury cases for the State of Louisiana. He prosecuted murder, robbery, rape, child molestation, and other serious felony cases. In the more than thirteen years he served as a prosecutor, Sherb did not lose a single criminal jury trial.
Sherb is also past chairman of the Minden-South Webster Chamber of Commerce and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Citizens National Bank. Sherb is also a past Chairman of the Board of Directors of Minden Medical Center; accordingly the Sentell Law Firm does not take medical malpractice cases against Minden doctors or Minden Medical Center.