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Jim Letten Joining as Senior Counsel, Continuing the Strength of the White Collar Crime Group

We are excited to announce that Jim Letten – who joined our firm as Of Counsel last November – has moved into a full-time role as Senior Counsel. Jim’s practice areas include investigations and white collar crimeappellate and written advocacy and civil rights in the energy industry.

Jim, a former U.S. Attorney currently serving as an assistant dean of experiential learning at the Tulane University Law School, was appointed U.S. Attorney by President George W. Bush in 2005 and asked to retain the position by President Barack Obama. Prior to stepping down in 2012, he had been the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation and one of only three U.S. Attorneys in the country appointed to the position by successive presidents from different parties.

Jim is a member of the Federal Bar Association and the Louisiana Bar Association. He serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s computer crime, intellectual property and trade secrets sub-committee. Jim is currently serving as an assistant dean of experiential learning at the Tulane University Law School. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of New Orleans and Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. Prior to joining the firm, he served continuously as the longest serving United States Attorney in the nation with over 11 years of continuous service. Jim’s experience and expertise will bolster our already thriving white collar crime group.

Our white collar crime group works primarily on the defense of criminal and regulatory matters, including matters involving allegations of fraud, tax and financial violations, criminal contempt, RICO violations, and environmental violations. This group includes Amanda Barbour, James Tucker, Jonathan Skrmetti, Steve Parker, Frank Hunger and Jim Letten.

Amanda serves as Vice-Chair of the Litigation Department and focuses her practice on government investigations and complex litigation. She has served as Lead Chair in over 30 jury trials.

James focuses his practice on investigations and white collar crime. He has served as trial counsel for over 100 jury trials.

Jonathan focuses his practice on investigations and white collar crime. He has extensive courtroom experience, including first-chairing jury trials and arguing appeals.

Steve has been practicing law for almost 30 years and has served as lead trial counsel in civil rights, investigations and commercial litigation matters.

Frank has over 45 years’ experience as an active civil litigator in both private practice and with the United States Department of Justice.

This group’s experiences combine to create a strong and focused team. Our white collar crime group represents clients, in both the state and federal arenas, in white collar defense cases and investigations that have become both more intense and more complex.