Prior to joining the firm, Jim served continuously as the longest serving United States Attorney in the nation with over 11 ½  years of continuous service.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1979

Civic Involvement

  • Tulane University Law School Alumni Association
  • University of New Orleans Alumni Association, Selection Committee
  • Boy Scouts of America Southeast Louisiana Council, President, 2016-Present
  • De La Salle High School Alumni Association
  • National World War II Museum
  • Higgins Boat Society, 10-Year Volunteer/Member, PT-305 Restoration Team
  • Court Watch New Orleans, Advisory Board Member
  • Crescent Leadership Academy Charter School, Board Member
  • Louisiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), Board Member, 2002-2005

Distinctions

  • Martindale-Hubbell®
    • AV® – Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, 2003-2017
  • Torch of Liberty Award, Anti-Defamation League, 2010
  • Superintendent’s Special Achievement Award, New Orleans Police Department, 2012, 2015
  • Special Appreciation Award, Sheriff Newell Normand, 2015
  • Champion Award, New Orleans Family Justice Center, 2013
  • Criminal Justice Lifetime Achievement Award, Crimestoppers, 2013
  • Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award, Victims and Citizens Against Crime, 2013
  • Commandant’s Meritorious Public Service Award/Medal, United States Coast Guard, 2013
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Special Award, Louisiana Rescue Mission Fellowship, 2012
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Education & Honors

  • Tulane University, J.D., 1979
  • University of New Orleans, B.A., Communications, 1976

Experience

  • Jim consults and provides representation on criminal and regulatory investigations by government agencies, as well as government audits, civil fraud cases and international trade and regulatory issues, including establishment of FCPA/UK Bribery Act corporate compliance and integrity programs, as well as training and monitoring for police and sheriff's departments on constitutional policing.
  • Assistant Dean, Experiential Learning, Tulane University School of Law (2013-2016): Responsible for oversight, development and expansion of all skills-based educational components of the law school, including moot court, law clinics, student externships, Intersession intensive training “boot camp”, trial advocacy program, capstone and skills-based legal courses and other related programs.
  • United States Attorney (2001-2012): Served continuously as the longest serving United States Attorney in the nation with over 11 ½ years continuous service.
  • First Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1994-2001): Supervised the daily operations of the United States Attorney's office. Additionally, served as the lead prosecutor in the investigation and four-month jury trial resulting in the conviction of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards.
  • Trial Attorney and Chief, US Department of Justice Organized Crime and Racketeering Strike Force, New Orleans, Louisiana (1982-1989): Strike Force cases involved complex criminal (RICO) offenses and investigations over5 states, principally traditional organized crime (La Cosa Nostra/ Mafia), as well as labor racketeering, drug cartels, violent interstate/international gangs, and emerging/non-traditional/international organized crime.
  • Assistant District Attorney, New Orleans District Attorneys Office (1980-1982, 1985-1986): Senior Assistant DA in 1981;Special Prosecutions (primarily corruption) in 1985 – 1986; Prosecuted all types of criminal cases, from misdemeanors to capital and complex white-collar and corruption offenses, including both political and law enforcement corruption.

Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • ​Presenter and Panelist, “Immigration Compliance for Employers: Practical Advice for Uncertain Times,” SEMDA, Atlanta, GA, April 26, 2017.
  • Regular presenter and planner at the University of Texas Law School’s Government Enforcement Institute (GEI), speaks and moderates on relevant topics related to issues on corporate compliance and fraud.
  • Co-Author, “U.S. Laws Affecting International Trade,” for an international publication in Chinese, English and other languages, as part of the “One Belt One Road Initiative,” 2016.
  • Author,The Yates Memo: What New Challenges to Expect,” Law 360, 2016.
  • Author, “The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Importance of International Anti-Corruption Efforts and Trade Globalization” published in Chinese, English, and numerous languages in the publication entitled “International Law Perspective of the One Belt One Road Initiative,” Hong Kong, 2015.
  • Keynote speaker, “Combating Corruption,” National Conference of the National Association of Inspectors General, Detroit, October 2015.
  • Speaker, “Topic,” JPSO Graduation, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2015.
  • Speaker, “The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA),” One Belt, One Road International Trade Conference, Hong Kong City Law School, Hong Kong, July 2015.
  • Author, "Crisis Response and Continuity of Operations: A Personal Account of My Experiences During and After Hurricane Katrina," Tulane Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 5 & 6, 2013.
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