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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      J.D., 1993
    • Louisiana State University
      B.A. in Economics, 1989
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Georgia
    • Louisiana
    • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+

Walt Green focuses his practice on cybersecurity, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, and litigation. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrator dedicated to serving the securities industry and investing public. Mr. Green was the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Executive Director for the National Center For Disaster Fraud from 2013-2017. He retired from the United States Department of Justice with over 20 years of federal experience. Additionally, Mr. Green served in the United States Marine Corps for over 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.

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Walt Green focuses his practice on cybersecurity, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, and litigation. He is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitrator dedicated to serving the securities industry and investing public. Mr. Green was the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana and the Executive Director for the National Center For Disaster Fraud from 2013-2017. He retired from the United States Department of Justice with over 20 years of federal experience. Additionally, Mr. Green served in the United States Marine Corps for over 30 years and retired with the rank of Colonel.

Since entering private practice, Mr. Green has been a sought after speaker and commentator on fraud, cybersecurity and data privacy issues, in BBC News, The Economist, Washington Post, USA Today, CNN Money, and the Associated Press. Mr. Green earned a spot on the National Law Journal's 2017 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer's list, a list which highlights the top 25 attorneys who have helped make a difference in the fight against criminal cyber activity.

United States Department of Justice Experience

As the United States Attorney, Mr. Green served as the chief federal law enforcement officer over nine parishes. In this capacity, he was responsible for prosecuting federal crimes including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, cyber-crimes, health care fraud, financial crimes, human trafficking, child exploitation and drug trafficking networks. Mr. Green also defended the United States in civil cases, collected debts owed to the United States and chaired the United States Attorney General’s Advisory Council’s Service Members and Veterans Working Group.

While serving as the Executive Director for the National Center For Disaster Fraud, he worked with local federal and state law enforcement agencies to investigate, and ultimately refer credible leads regarding fraudulent activities associated with national disasters to law enforcement agencies nationwide for further investigation and potential prosecution. Such disasters included Super Storm Sandy and Deepwater Horizon (BP Oil Spill).

Mr. Green created and led the Middle District of Louisiana’s innovative cybersecurity initiative: a comprehensive effort to increase awareness of cyber issues, better protect potential victims in the district and take a more aggressive approach for initiating criminal investigations and prosecutions of cyber-crimes. Through his leadership, Mr. Green developed new relationships among the Middle District’s federal, state and local law enforcement partners; established a new law enforcement working group, whose goal is to proactively address and combat cyber threats; and engaged in outreach with the business community to raise awareness of cyber-crime issues. Cumulatively, these efforts resulted in a significant increase in the number of cyber related investigations conducted by his office.

During his tenure as the United States Attorney, Mr. Green oversaw his office’s efforts in the successful health care fraud initiative. This initiative resulted in dozens of lengthy prisons sentences and obtained judgements and restitution orders totaling tens of millions of dollars.

Mr. Green led his civil division in using the civil process to combat healthcare fraud, protect the interests of the United States, forfeit criminal proceeds, and collect millions of dollars in criminal and civil judgements for the victims of crime, the U.S. Treasury and various agencies.

Prior to becoming the United States Attorney, Mr. Green served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in Las Vegas, Nevada. In 1999, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, where he worked for approximately 18 years. While employed by the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Green also served as the First Assistant United States Attorney, Deputy Criminal Chief in charge of the Violent Crime, Narcotics and National Security Section, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee Coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinator and Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.

Military Experience

Mr. Green began his professional career with the United States Marine Corps and has held numerous positions within the military, including serving as a judge advocate, instructor, operations officer and officer-in-charge. Mr. Green has significant overseas military experience which includes two tours of duty in Iraq. During his first tour of duty in 2004, he was the legal advisor for Seventh Marine Regiment. In that capacity he advised the command on the rules of engagement and international law during combat operations, including the First Battle of Fallujah. Mr. Green returned to Iraq in 2007, where he supervised six Assistant United States Attorneys, and four judge advocates regarding 13 international criminal law investigations. Notably, he advised the Iraqi prosecutors during the genocide and crimes against humanity trial of Ali Hassan al-Majid (Chemical Ali) and other regime members.

His military awards include the Combat Action Ribbon, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal (third award) and the Navy-Marine Corps Achievement Medal (third award).

Experience

  • Served as lead counsel or co-counsel in over 27 federal jury trials and 16 non-jury federal trials
  • Crisis management during natural disasters and civil crises
  • Provided compliance documents for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation for a multinational company.
  • privacy policy and provided Children's Online Privacy Protection Act compliance related materials for an online company with millions of subscribers worldwide.
  • Provided real time counseling for numerous companies immediately after discovering data breach or cyber intrusions of their computer systems. Theses service included C-Suite counseling, coordinating forensic efforts, and liaising with local and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Successfully represented national company in an Unfair Trade Practices investigation by a state agency.
  • Coordinated an international investigation regarding a cyber extortion matter that originated in Eastern Europe.
  • Reviewed and provided guidance regarding a cyber incident response plan for a financial institution.
  • Drafted legislation that ultimately became a state law regarding critical infrastructure.
  • Coordinated multi-layered threat investigation against a CEO which included personal protection and electronic countermeasures.
  • Led federal law enforcement response during natural disasters and civil crises.

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, "Subject Matter Expert Fireside Chat," National Cyber Security Alliance & New Orleans Business Alliance Small Business Workshop (February 2019)
  • Panelist, "Trends in Privacy Laws and What They Mean for Cybersecurity," National Conference of State Legislators (January 2019)
  • Panelist, "Tax Crimes," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE Seminar (December 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, "Cybersecurity for the C-Suite - Examining Best Practices from Prevention to Crisis Response," 39th Annual Tulane Business Forum (September 2018)
  • Presenter, "Cybersecurity in the Banking Industry," Louisiana Bankers Association: 2018 Executive Management Conference (September 2018)
  • Presenter, “#FIREWALL: What Employers Should Know About Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection,” 41st Annual Mississippi Labor & Employment Law Conference (August 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Cyber Security: Are YOU at Risk?,” LSBA CLE (March 2018)
  • Presenter, “The Vital Roles of Attorneys Before, During, and After a Data Breach,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Programs (December 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Keep Calm & Stay Anchored: Cybersecurity Risk and HIPPA Matters in the Workplace,” New Orleans Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Cybersecurity Risks and HIPPA Matters,” New Orleans Labor and Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)
  • Presenter,“Cyber Security Nightmares for In House Lawyers,”Baton Rouge Bar In-House Counsel Section (September 2017)
  • Presenter, "Cyber Incidents: Protecting Your Future in an Ever-Changing Landscape," ACC Louisiana Chapter and Phelps Dunbar CLE Luncheon (June 2017)
  • Panelist, “Critical Infrastructure: Assuring the Nation’s Security, Public Safety and Economic Viability,” CenturyLink Cybersecurity Summit (March 2017)
  • Presenter, “Distinctions Between Federal and State Criminal Practices,” Attorney General’s CLE Seminar (December 2016)
  • Presenter, “Role of the United States Attorney,” FBI Citizens Academy (September 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Important Things You Should Know About Current Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Activities,” Louisiana Hospital Association Health Care Fraud Symposium (November 2015)
  • Presenter, “Leadership,” Postal Inspectors Conference (October 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Who Polices the Police: How and Why?,” Baton Rouge Bar Conference (July 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Distinctions of T&U Visas,” Tulane Law School (May 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Abilities of Federal Law Enforcement,” National Constables Convention (May 2014)
News
  • Media Mention, "Security Measures", Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ( July 2018)
  • Walt Green Recognized as a 2017 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (11/15/2017)
  • Media Mention, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on FEMA reimbursement of Whitefish Energy Holdings’ $300M contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, BBC News, (Second Article) (October 2017)
  • Media Mention, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on FEMA reimbursement of Whitefish Energy Holdings’ $300M contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority,BBC News, (First Article) (October 2017)
  • The Economist, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on Disaster Fraud Opportunities After a Hurricane (September 2017)
  • Washington Post, Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Fraud Following Disasters (September 2017)
  • Associated Press, Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Federal Response to Hurricane Related Fraud and Identity Theft (September 2017)
  • USA Today, Partner and Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Continuing Hurricane Harvey Fraud and the Internet (August 2017)
  • CNN Money, "Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Avoiding Storm Chaser Fraud Post-Harvey" (August 2017)
  • Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green Joins Phelps Dunbar (6/26/2017)
Other
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2019)
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Seminar, LSU Law Center (August 2018)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2018)
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Seminar, LSU Law Center (August 2017)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2017)
  • Instructor, International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar, Macedonia (May 2016)
  • Instructor, International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar, Albania (May 2016)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2016)
  • Instructor, Law of Armed Conflict and Use of Military in Law Enforcement, Honduras (July 2014)
  • Instructor, Counter-Terrorism and the Law of Armed Conflict, Mauritania (September 2012)
  • Instructor, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Seminar, Gabon (October 2011)
  • Instructor, Public Corruption Seminar, Republic of the Congo (February 2010)
  • Instructor, Whistleblower, Witness Protection Seminar and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2009)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (National FBA Government Relations Board Member for 2017-2019 term)
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Crime Stoppers (Board Member)
  • Tulane School of Professional Advancement for Computing & Technology (Advisory Board Member)
  • Parish of East Baton Rouge HeadStart Policy Council (Board Member)
  • InfaGard
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Manship Theatre
  • American Inns of Court, The Dean Henry George McMahon Chapter (2015-2017)

Recognition

  • 2017 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer, National Law Journal

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., 1993
  • Louisiana State University
    B.A. in Economics, 1989

Admissions

  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Nevada
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Served as lead counsel or co-counsel in over 27 federal jury trials and 16 non-jury federal trials
  • Crisis management during natural disasters and civil crises
  • Provided compliance documents for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation for a multinational company.
  • privacy policy and provided Children's Online Privacy Protection Act compliance related materials for an online company with millions of subscribers worldwide.
  • Provided real time counseling for numerous companies immediately after discovering data breach or cyber intrusions of their computer systems. Theses service included C-Suite counseling, coordinating forensic efforts, and liaising with local and federal law enforcement agencies.
  • Successfully represented national company in an Unfair Trade Practices investigation by a state agency.
  • Coordinated an international investigation regarding a cyber extortion matter that originated in Eastern Europe.
  • Reviewed and provided guidance regarding a cyber incident response plan for a financial institution.
  • Drafted legislation that ultimately became a state law regarding critical infrastructure.
  • Coordinated multi-layered threat investigation against a CEO which included personal protection and electronic countermeasures.
  • Led federal law enforcement response during natural disasters and civil crises.
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist, "Subject Matter Expert Fireside Chat," National Cyber Security Alliance & New Orleans Business Alliance Small Business Workshop (February 2019)
  • Panelist, "Trends in Privacy Laws and What They Mean for Cybersecurity," National Conference of State Legislators (January 2019)
  • Panelist, "Tax Crimes," Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys CLE Seminar (December 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, "Cybersecurity for the C-Suite - Examining Best Practices from Prevention to Crisis Response," 39th Annual Tulane Business Forum (September 2018)
  • Presenter, "Cybersecurity in the Banking Industry," Louisiana Bankers Association: 2018 Executive Management Conference (September 2018)
  • Presenter, “#FIREWALL: What Employers Should Know About Cybersecurity, Privacy and Data Protection,” 41st Annual Mississippi Labor & Employment Law Conference (August 2018)
  • Co-Presenter, “Cyber Security: Are YOU at Risk?,” LSBA CLE (March 2018)
  • Presenter, “The Vital Roles of Attorneys Before, During, and After a Data Breach,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Programs (December 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Keep Calm & Stay Anchored: Cybersecurity Risk and HIPPA Matters in the Workplace,” New Orleans Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Cybersecurity Risks and HIPPA Matters,” New Orleans Labor and Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)
  • Presenter,“Cyber Security Nightmares for In House Lawyers,”Baton Rouge Bar In-House Counsel Section (September 2017)
  • Presenter, "Cyber Incidents: Protecting Your Future in an Ever-Changing Landscape," ACC Louisiana Chapter and Phelps Dunbar CLE Luncheon (June 2017)
  • Panelist, “Critical Infrastructure: Assuring the Nation’s Security, Public Safety and Economic Viability,” CenturyLink Cybersecurity Summit (March 2017)
  • Presenter, “Distinctions Between Federal and State Criminal Practices,” Attorney General’s CLE Seminar (December 2016)
  • Presenter, “Role of the United States Attorney,” FBI Citizens Academy (September 2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Important Things You Should Know About Current Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Activities,” Louisiana Hospital Association Health Care Fraud Symposium (November 2015)
  • Presenter, “Leadership,” Postal Inspectors Conference (October 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Who Polices the Police: How and Why?,” Baton Rouge Bar Conference (July 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Distinctions of T&U Visas,” Tulane Law School (May 2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Abilities of Federal Law Enforcement,” National Constables Convention (May 2014)
News
  • Media Mention, "Security Measures", Greater Baton Rouge Business Report ( July 2018)
  • Walt Green Recognized as a 2017 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer by the National Law Journal (11/15/2017)
  • Media Mention, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on FEMA reimbursement of Whitefish Energy Holdings’ $300M contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority, BBC News, (Second Article) (October 2017)
  • Media Mention, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on FEMA reimbursement of Whitefish Energy Holdings’ $300M contract with Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority,BBC News, (First Article) (October 2017)
  • The Economist, Former Executive Director for the National Center for Disaster Fraud Walt Green on Disaster Fraud Opportunities After a Hurricane (September 2017)
  • Washington Post, Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Fraud Following Disasters (September 2017)
  • Associated Press, Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Federal Response to Hurricane Related Fraud and Identity Theft (September 2017)
  • USA Today, Partner and Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Continuing Hurricane Harvey Fraud and the Internet (August 2017)
  • CNN Money, "Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green on Avoiding Storm Chaser Fraud Post-Harvey" (August 2017)
  • Former U.S. Attorney Walt Green Joins Phelps Dunbar (6/26/2017)
Other
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2019)
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Seminar, LSU Law Center (August 2018)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2018)
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Seminar, LSU Law Center (August 2017)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2017)
  • Instructor, International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar, Macedonia (May 2016)
  • Instructor, International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar, Albania (May 2016)
  • Instructor, Federal Criminal Trials Seminar, LSU Law School (January 2016)
  • Instructor, Law of Armed Conflict and Use of Military in Law Enforcement, Honduras (July 2014)
  • Instructor, Counter-Terrorism and the Law of Armed Conflict, Mauritania (September 2012)
  • Instructor, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Seminar, Gabon (October 2011)
  • Instructor, Public Corruption Seminar, Republic of the Congo (February 2010)
  • Instructor, Whistleblower, Witness Protection Seminar and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2009)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (National FBA Government Relations Board Member for 2017-2019 term)
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Crime Stoppers (Board Member)
  • Tulane School of Professional Advancement for Computing & Technology (Advisory Board Member)
  • Parish of East Baton Rouge HeadStart Policy Council (Board Member)
  • InfaGard
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation
  • Manship Theatre
  • American Inns of Court, The Dean Henry George McMahon Chapter (2015-2017)
  • 2017 Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Trailblazer, National Law Journal