Walter F. Becker
Partner
T: (504) 585-7046
F: (504) 544-6071
becker@chaffe.com Download VCard

Areas of Practice

  • Government and White Collar

Education

J.D., Tulane Law School, 1982
B.A., Tulane University, 1978

Professional Memberships

Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, New Orleans Chapter
American Bar Association
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Bar Admissions

Louisiana
Texas
U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Walter F. Becker

Walter F. Becker heads Chaffe McCall's Criminal Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense Section.  As an experienced trial lawyer, he handles both criminal and select civil litigation.  He represents individuals and corporations under federal and state criminal investigation and also assists corporations with internal investigations and corporate compliance programs. 

Before joining Chaffe McCall, Walter had a fourteen-year career as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana, where he served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of the Criminal Division.  During this time as a federal prosecutor, Walter also served as an Associate Independent Counsel in Washington, D.C. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Orleans Parish for four years.  As a prosecutor,  Walter tried over 100 jury trials.  In addition to his own practice, Walter serves as a jury consultant, assisting other trial lawyers with jury research activities designed to identify winning trial themes and juror profiles.

RECENT PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Speaker, 8th Annual White Collar Crime Symposium, "White Collar Law Update – Recent Developments and Trends," New Orleans (April 2016)
  • Speaker, 7th Annual White Collar Crime Symposium, "White Collar Law Update – Recent Developments," New Orleans (April 2015)
  • Manslaughter Charges Against Corporations - Maritime Advocate Online (July 25, 2011)
  • Recent Trends in Magic Pipe Cases - Maritime Advocate Online (December 9, 2008)
  • How to Use a Jury Consultant - A Guide for Trial Attorneys - Louisiana Bar Journal (April/May 2003)
  • Speaker, Annual White Collar Crime Collar Crime Symposium, Louisiana State Bar Association (2011, 2012, 2013)

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Commerical Litigation, 2010-2017
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers,2007 -2016; and ranked among New Orleans Top 10 attorneys, 2015
  • Named as City Business Leadership in Law Honoree, 2014
  • Ranked in Chambers USA 2006-2013 - Leading Attorney in Litigation Related to White Collar Crime and Government Investigations
  • Named as a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense: White Collar by New Orleans Magazine, 2011 -2016
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

  • Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, New Orleans Chapter (2011-present)
  • Sugar Bowl Committee, Member (2004-Present)
  • St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clerk of Session (2012)