PETER G. STRASSER
Peter G. Strasser was nominated by President Trump on June 20, 2018, and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 28, 2018 as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was sworn in by United States District Chief Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown on September 10, 2018.
Over the course of his career, he has been a partner at Chaffe McCall, LLP; an Assistant U.S. Attorney; a diplomat; a 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.
As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for Louisiana’s Eastern District, he was the head of the organized crime and economic crime sections. Among his trial accomplishments were the convictions of former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards and associates on racketeering charges. As a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, Mr. Strasser prosecuted at bench trials and argued on appeal the convictions of the Navy-Vieques protestors. As a result of his dedicated and superior efforts in law enforcement, he received the U.S. Attorney General’s John Marshall Award and the Metropolitan Crime Commission’s Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.
Serving overseas for 12 years as a DOJ OPDAT Resident Advisor at 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. In the book “The Contractor: How I Landed in a Pakistani Prison and Ignited a Diplomatic Crisis,” Mr. Strasser was featured for his integral role in the release of a former Special Forces soldier who had been charged with double homicide for shooting two apparent robbers on the streets of Lahore. For his exemplary activities in Georgia and Pakistan, he twice received the DOJ Special Achievement Award.
Recently, Mr. Strasser wrote two law review articles: one on the “Evolving Pakistani Criminal Justice System,” published by Tulane University; the other a “Study of Malawi’s Cashgate Scandal,” published by Washington & Lee University.
Mr. Strasser is a retired Navy Reserve Captain, JAGC, having served world-wide and as a military judge. For his exemplary service, he was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal. Mr. Strasser received his B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia and his J.D. from Washington and Lee Law School. Fluent in German, he also attended the University of Vienna (Austria).