Ellison C. Travis
First Assistant United States Attorney
Ellison C. Travis is the First Assistant United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. 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. Prior to his service as the First Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Louisiana, Mr. Travis was with the Louisiana Department of Justice for over twenty years, where he served as Director of the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit, and Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division. Mr. Travis has also served as an Assistant District Attorney. Recently, he served as the Acting United States Attorney.
In his extensive experience as a prosecutor, Mr. Travis has prosecuted all manner of criminal matters across multiple judicial districts in the state, including violent crimes, financial crimes, and public corruption. 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. A Louisiana native - he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University and his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center.
Jamie A. Flowers Jr.
Chief, Criminal Division
Jamie A. Flowers Jr. was appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division in January 2022. As Criminal Chief, Mr. Flowers supervises all investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) across a wide range of practice areas, which include fraud and financial crimes, cybercrime, public corruption, child exploitation, and narcotics and firearms offenses. Prior to his appointment as Chief, Mr. Flowers served as Deputy Chief for two years.
Chief Flowers began his tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney (“AUSA”) in the Middle District of Louisiana in 2014. During his time as an AUSA he managed a diverse and challenging caseload including drug trafficking, human trafficking, child exploitation, and affirmative civil enforcement. As an AUSA, he led multiple OCDETF investigations resulting in the disruption and dismantlement of some of the most dangerous violent-crime organizations in and around Baton Rouge. Chief Flowers also served as the District’s Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator where he worked to create a broad, community-based effort to combat human trafficking. In this role, he received a commendation from former FBI Director Jim Comey for his efforts in coordinating the investigation and prosecution of one of the largest FBI-led commercial sex trafficking investigations in Louisiana. Additionally, Chief Flowers serves as the District’s Re-entry and Prevention Coordinator. In this role he led the office’s efforts in partnering with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana to establish the District’s first re-entry program, Rehabilitating Individuals through Strategic Encounters (“RISE”) Court, which has been up and running since 2016 under the leadership of Chief Judge Shelly Dick and Magistrate Judge Erin Wilder-Doomes.
Prior to working in his role as a federal prosecutor, Chief Flowers worked as a trial attorney with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security representing FEMA in legal actions related to Hurricane Katrina Public Assistance disaster relief funding. Before joining FEMA, he served in the United States Army as officer in the Judge Advocate General’s (“JAG”) Corps, where he achieved the rank of Captain.
Chief Flowers attended Hampton University on a four-year AROTC scholarship and graduated, cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in History. Upon completion of his undergraduate studies, he attended Mercer University School of Law and was admitted to the practice of law in 2009.
Some of Chief Flowers’s community involvement includes serving as an Executive Board member of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, chair of several committees of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Louisiana State Bar Association Region III Mock Trial Coordinator, and member of the Wex Malone American Inns of Court.
For his years of federal service, his high standards of professional achievement, his outstanding legal ability, and his significant contributions to the legal community and the Baton Rouge community as a whole, Chief Flowers received the Federal Bar Association’s 2021 Younger Federal Lawyer Award.
Chief, Civil Division
Chase Zachary is the Chief of the Civil Division. In that role, Mr. Zachary 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. Zachary also oversees all civil appeals and serves as the USAO’s Financial Litigation Unit attorney.