PETER G. STRASSER
As the United States Attorney (PAS), Peter Strasser oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought by and defended on behalf of the United States in the Eastern District of Louisiana. In addition to managing the office, he serves on the U.S. Attorney General’s Advisory Subcommittees on Cyber & Intellectual Property and Terrorism & National Security, and he instructs on anti-corruption/asset forfeiture to law enforcement both in the U.S. and overseas.
Over the course of his career, Mr. Strasser has been a partner at Chaffe McCall, LLP (New Orleans oldest law firm); a U.S. Embassy Attaché; an Assistant U.S. Attorney; a U.S. Navy officer; and a Tulane adjunct professor. In recognition of his career and community accomplishments, Mr. Strasser was selected as a New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree.
While an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s Eastern District, he was the head of the organized crime unit and the financial crimes unit. He was the lead prosecutor in a number of complex fraud, corruption, customs, and international drug trafficking investigations and trials. Among his trial accomplishments were the convictions of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and associates on racketeering charges. Mr. Strasser also served as an AUSA in the Western District of Virginia and as a Special AUSA in the District of Puerto Rico. Due to his dedicated and superior efforts in law enforcement, he received the U.S. Attorney General’s John Marshall Award, the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award, and the Crimefighters Special Award of Merit.
Serving overseas for 12 years as a DOJ OPDAT Resident Advisor at U.S. Embassies in Eastern Europe, Asia, and Africa, Mr. Strasser designed and implemented rule of law programs to assist host countries improve prosecutorial capacity to combat high-priority criminal activity, help strengthen independent judiciaries, and develop new criminal procedure codes. He served as an OSCE Parliamentary Election Monitor over the elections that led to the 2003 Rose Revolution in the Republic of Georgia. He later served as an OECD Anti-Corruption Monitor for Georgia. His behind-the-scenes role in Pakistan was featured in Storms Reback’s book, The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis. For his exemplary activities in Georgia and Pakistan, he twice received the DOJ Special Achievement Award.
Mr. Strasser has written a series of scholarly articles arising out of his experiences working abroad. Drawing upon homicide trials, corruption scandals, and due process issues, the articles examine aspects of individual criminal justice systems in the Philippines (U. Pa. Asian Law Review, Vol. 14, 2019); Malawi (Washington & Lee Law Review, Vol. 73, 2016); Pakistan (Tulane Journal of International & Comparative Law, Vol. 23, 2015); and Azerbaijan/Georgia (La. Bar Journal, Vol. 61, 2014).
Mr. Strasser is a retired Navy Reserve Captain, JAGC, having served worldwide and as a military judge. For his distinguished service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. Mr. Strasser received his J.D. from Washington & Lee Law School, and his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia. Fluent in German, he also attended the University of Vienna (Austria).