First Assistant United States Attorney
Ellison C. Travis serves as the First Assistant United States Attorney. In this role, he serves as the senior legal and policy advisor to the U.S. Attorney on all criminal, civil, national security, and administrative matters, and oversees all personnel other than the U.S. Attorney. Mr. Travis served as Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, where he supervised attorneys, criminal investigators, analysts, and support staff in the investigation and prosecution of Medicaid Fraud and abuse of residents in Medicaid facilities (2017-2018). Prior to that, he served as an attorney in the unit, where he handled prosecutions of Medicaid fraud and abuse of residents in Medicaid facilities (2002-2016). His initial assignment at the Attorney General’s office was in the Criminal Division, where he prosecuted cases throughout Louisiana (1997-2001). Mr. Travis began his career as a prosecutor as an Assistant District Attorney (1990-1996).
Mr. Travis has prosecuted violent crimes, financial crimes, public corruption, and sex crimes in his career as a prosecutor. He has also served on the Louisiana Legislative Task Force on Coordination of Medicaid Fraud Detection and Prevention Initiatives, which took testimony and made recommendations on measures to prevent Medicaid Fraud in Louisiana.
Mr. Travis is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.
Chief, Criminal Division
Brian Frazier is the Chief of the Criminal Division. In that role, Mr. Frazier supervises all investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) across a wide range of practice areas, which include fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, violent crime, and drug trafficking.
Since 2000, Mr. Frazier has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the Southern District of Florida and then in the Middle District of Louisiana. He has prosecuted violent crimes, financial crimes, narcotics trafficking, public corruption, terrorism, and espionage, and in 2007, secured the landmark conviction of Jose Padilla, the U.S. citizen and designated enemy combatant who trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. For this case, Mr. Frazier’s team won the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the U.S. Justice Department’s highest honor. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Frazier served as the Justice Department attaché to the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region, where he worked in eight Middle Eastern countries on money laundering, weapons proliferation, threat finance, and terrorism issues. In 2013, Mr. Frazier was appointed Chief of the National Security Section in the Southern District of Florida, and managed domestic and international terrorism, espionage, and weapons proliferation cases. Mr. Frazier came to the Middle District of Louisiana in 2018 and was named Chief of the Criminal Division in 2020. Prior to working at the Justice Department, Mr. Frazier was in private practice, starting his career at Neal & Harwell, a litigation boutique in his hometown of Nashville.
Mr. Frazier graduated from Dartmouth College, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School, and clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
John J. Gaupp
Chief, Civil Division
John J. Gaupp is the Chief of the Civil Division. In that role, Mr. Gaupp oversees all of the wide-ranging affirmative and defensive cases and matters within the Civil Division. This includes cases involving affirmative civil enforcement, asset forfeiture, employment discrimination, common law tort defense, including medical malpractice, constitutional torts (Bivens cases), health care fraud, commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and lien ranking proceedings, the Administrative Procedures Act, National Flood Insurance Program litigation, and social security litigation. Mr. Gaupp also oversees all civil appeals and serves as the USAO’s Financial Litigation Unit attorney.
Mr. Gaupp is a career Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA), having worked within the USAO for more than 33 years. He joined the USAO as a debt collection paralegal specialist in 1984 and became an AUSA in 1985. Mr. Gaupp was the first AUSA to exclusively handle civil litigation. When the Civil Division was formed in 1993, Mr. Gaupp became the first Civil Division Chief in this district. He served in that capacity until 2005. From 1985 to 1993, Mr. Gaupp also served as the district’s collection AUSA. During that time, he participated on the committee of AUSAs that drafted the legislation ultimately passed into law as the Federal Debt Collection Procedure Act (28 U.S.C. § 3001 et seq.). Mr. Gaupp has presented training at the National Advocacy Center and currently serves as a nationwide mentor for AUSAs in bankruptcy litigation.
Mr. Gaupp is a 1980 graduate of the University of New Orleans, and a 1984 graduate of the Louisiana State University Law Center.