Chaffe McCall Attorney Peter G. Strasser

Peter G. Strasser

Partner

Peter Strasser is a partner with the New Orleans office of Chaffe McCall’s Government Investigations and White-Collar Criminal Defense Section and the International Law Section. He is an experienced trial lawyer who has extensive litigation and compliance experience, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) matters and is further listed as a qualified arbitrator (neutral) with the American Health Lawyers Dispute Resolution Service.

Prior to joining the firm, Peter worked for the U.S. Department of Justice, first as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in New Orleans, and then as a Legal Attaché at U.S. Embassies in Europe, Asia, and Africa.

At the New Orleans U.S. Attorney’s Office, Peter was chief of both the fraud and the organized crime sections. He prosecuted numerous racketeering (RICO) fraud cases, and, of note, he was one of the key prosecutors on the team that convicted former Governor Edwin W. Edwards at a five-month jury trial for racketeering and extortion. In recognition of his trial skills, Peter was awarded the John Marshall Award, DOJ’s highest award for excellence in litigation.

As a DOJ Legal Attaché, Peter lived abroad for twelve years working with cabinet ministers, legislators, judges, and prosecutors in Pakistan, Malawi, Azerbaijan, and Georgia on rule of law and criminal justice development projects. In his final year overseas, Peter, who is fluent in the German language, lived in Stuttgart, Germany, where he was the Balkans and Caucasus anti-corruption advisor to the U.S. European Command. Additionally, he served a temporary tour at DOJ’s Office of International Affairs coordinating cross-border criminal investigations, evidence exchanges, and extraditions in British Commonwealth countries. He also served as an OECD Anti-Corruption Monitor (Georgia) and as an OSCE Parliamentary Election Monitor (Azerbaijan and Georgia). Peter was twice a recipient (in Pakistan and Georgia) of DOJ’s Special Achievement Award (awarded annually to two out of 35 attachés).

Peter retired as a Captain (0-6) from the Naval Reserve, JAGC. He served on active duty in Vieques Island, the Middle East, Philippines, and Indian Ocean. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit (for “exceptionally meritorious conduct” as a Judge on the Navy-Marine Corps Court of Criminal Appeals) and the Meritorious Service Medal (for “exceptional levels of leadership and diplomacy” in managing the Vieques protest cases). His campaign and service awards include the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

 

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

 

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Named as City Business’ Leadership in Law Honoree, 2015, (recognized 50 of New Orleans’ leading legal professionals based on career and community achievements)
  • Named as a “Top Lawyer” in both white collar and non-white collar criminal defense by New Orleans Magazine, 2015 – present
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  •  New Orleans World Trade Center, International Business Committee
  • Tulane University Law School, Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy
  • International Senior Lawyers Project of New York and London (ongoing project working with Malawian judges and prosecutors)

 

  • Monitorships: Peter recently served as counsel for the court-appointed Process Safety Monitor for BP Exploration & Production, and he served on the court-appointed monitoring team that tested/evaluated Western Union’s anti-money laundering compliance program on the southwest border.
  • Peter actively represents clients before the International Chamber of Commerce (resolving international business disputes through mediation and arbitration).
  • Through vigorous motion practice and common sense negotiation skills, Peter recently secured for clients in federal court favorable sentencing concessions in negotiated guilty pleas in white-collar cases; return of assets (grey market luxury vehicles) seized by the USG in a civil forfeiture suit; and dismissal of a qui tam suit.
  • Peter also serves as a Criminal Justice Act panel attorney for indigent defendants in federal racketeering cases. He recently secured a “not guilty” verdict for a client on homicide charges in a multi-defendant, six-week federal racketeering jury trial.

Key Matters

  • Monitorships: Peter recently served as counsel for the court-appointed Process Safety Monitor for BP Exploration & Production, and he served on the court-appointed monitoring team that tested/evaluated Western Union’s anti-money laundering compliance program on the southwest border.
  • Peter actively represents clients before the International Chamber of Commerce (resolving international business disputes through mediation and arbitration).
  • Through vigorous motion practice and common sense negotiation skills, Peter recently secured for clients in federal court favorable sentencing concessions in negotiated guilty pleas in white-collar cases; return of assets (grey market luxury vehicles) seized by the USG in a civil forfeiture suit; and dismissal of a qui tam suit.
  • Peter also serves as a Criminal Justice Act panel attorney for indigent defendants in federal racketeering cases. He recently secured a “not guilty” verdict for a client on homicide charges in a multi-defendant, six-week federal racketeering jury trial.