Walt Green

Walt Green focuses his practice on cybersecurity, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, and litigation. 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 has served in the United States Marine Corps for over 28 years and currently holds the rank of colonel.

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Walt Green focuses his practice on cybersecurity, white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, and litigation. 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 has served in the United States Marine Corps for over 28 years and currently holds 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

  • Over 27 federal jury trials as lead trial counsel or co-counsel
  • 16 non-jury federal trials as lead trial counsel or co-counsel
  • Crisis management during natural disasters and civil crises

Insights

Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Programs (12/2017)
  • New Orleans Labor and Employment Law Seminar (11/2017)
  • Co-Presenter, “Keep Calm & Stay Anchored: Cybersecurity Risk and HIPPA Matters in the Workplace,” New Orleans Annual Labor and Employment Law Seminar (11/2017)
  • New Orleans Labor and Employment Law Seminar (November 2017)
  • Presenter,“Cyber Security Nightmares for In House Lawyers,”Baton Rouge Bar In-House Counsel Section (9/2017)
  • Instructor, Trial Advocacy Seminar, LSU Law Center (8/2017)
  • Presenter, "Cyber Incidents: Protecting Your Future in an Ever-Changing Landscape," ACC Louisiana Chapter and Phelps Dunbar CLE Luncheon (6/2017)
  • Panelist, “Critical Infrastructure: Assuring the Nation’s Security, Public Safety and Economic Viability,” CenturyLink Cybersecurity Summit (3/2017)
  • Instructor, “Federal Criminal Trials Seminar,” LSU Law School (1/2017)
  • Presenter, “Distinctions Between Federal and State Criminal Practices,” Attorney General’s CLE Seminar (12/2016)
  • Presenter, “Role of the United States Attorney,” FBI Citizens Academy (9/2016)
  • Instructor, “International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar,” Macedonia (5/2016)
  • Instructor, “International Armed Conflict and Human Rights Seminar,” Albania (5/2016)
  • Instructor, “Federal Criminal Trials Seminar,” LSU Law School (1/2016)
  • Co-Presenter, “Important Things You Should Know About Current Civil and Criminal Healthcare Fraud Enforcement Activities,” Louisiana Hospital Association Health Care Fraud Symposium (11/2015)
  • Presenter, “Leadership,” Postal Inspectors Conference (10/2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “Who Polices the Police: How and Why?,” Baton Rouge Bar Conference (7/2015)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Distinctions of T&U Visas,” Tulane Law School (5/2015)
  • Instructor, “Law of Armed Conflict and Use of Military in Law Enforcement,” Honduras (7/2014)
  • Co-Presenter, “The Abilities of Federal Law Enforcement,” National Constables Convention (5/2014)
  • Instructor, Counter-Terrorism and the Law of Armed Conflict, Mauritania (9/2012)
  • Instructor, Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law Seminar, Gabon (10/2011)
  • Instructor, Public Corruption Seminar, Republic of the Congo (2/2010)
  • Instructor, Whistleblower, Witness Protection Seminar and Cooperation, Democratic Republic of the Congo (2009)
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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)
  • 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