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About Our AUSAs

The Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Middle District of Louisiana are among the most highly accomplished legal practitioners in the State of Louisiana. Many are Louisiana natives from Baton Rouge, Lafayette, New Iberia, New Orleans, Port Allen, Shreveport, Slidell, and Ventress. Others have joined the office from Georgia, Hawaii, Michigan, Mississippi, Nevada, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin. But regardless of their hometowns, all AUSAs in the office are committed to protecting the interest of the United States and of the residents of the Middle District of Louisiana.

The selection process for AUSAs is highly competitive.  Current AUSAs have graduated from some of the nation’s premier law schools, including American University, Army JAG School, Emory, Georgetown, LSU, Loyola, Mercer, Notre Dame, NYU, Pennsylvania, Southern, SUNY-Buffalo, Tulane, University of Illinois at Chicago, Virginia. Many were top graduates and served on their school’s law review.  Most graduated with scholastic honors and served on their schools’ law reviews.  Several AUSAs have also served as judicial law clerks for a U.S. Appellate Judge for the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, U.S. District Judges sitting in the Middle, Eastern, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, and the 19th Judicial District Court.

Our AUSAs come from a variety of professional backgrounds.  Several are decorated veterans who served as high-ranking officers in the U.S. Marine Corps, the U.S. Army, and the U.S. Navy. Some have worked for other federal agencies, including the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Baton Rouge Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee.  Others have served with the Louisiana Road Home Program and Department of Environmental Quality.

Our AUSAs include former military and state prosecutors, including former Judge Advocates with the U.S. Marine Corps, and the U.S. Army; former Assistant District Attorneys in Baton Rouge, Jefferson Parish, and El Paso; and former Deputy Attorneys General in the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office.

Many AUSAs have also worked in private practice with some of the nation’s most well-respected law firms, including Baton Rouge firms - Adams and Reese, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Clayton Fruge & Ward, Hymel Davis & Peterson, Kean Miller, and Phelps Dunbar - Alston & Bird in Atlanta; King & Spalding in Atlanta; Onebane in Lafayette; WilmerHale in New York; and Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell.  

Upon joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, all AUSAs take an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America.  Consistent with that oath, AUSAs in the Middle District of Louisiana work tirelessly to uphold the rule of law by prosecuting federal crimes, representing the United States in affirmative and defensive civil lawsuits, collecting criminal and civil debts owed to the federal government and to victims of federal crimes, and protecting the civil rights of community members.

Updated March 26, 2024