Chaffe McCall Attorney Walter F. Becker

Walter F. Becker, Jr.

Partner

 Criminal Lawyer New Orleans & Texas

Walter F. Becker, Jr. 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 which are under federal and state criminal investigation or indictment. He also assists corporations and non-profits with internal investigations and corporate compliance programs.  Walter has a wide range of experience and has represented clients in matters involving:

  • Civil RICO
  • Maritime Criminal Law
  • Oilfield and Oil Platform Criminal Law
  • Health Care Fraud

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.  Recently, he was appointed to the Lawyer Disciplinary Committee for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

 PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Speaker, Louisiana State Bar Association’s Annual White Collar Crime Symposium, “White Collar Law Update – Recent Developments and Trends,” New Orleans (2015 – 2019)
  • 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)

HONORS AND AWARDS

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® for Criminal Defense: White-Collar and Commercial Litigation, 2010- present
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2007 -2019; and ranked among New Orleans Top 10 attorneys, 2015
  • Named as a Top Lawyer in Criminal Defense: White Collar by New Orleans Magazine, 2011 -2019
  • Twice named as City Business Leadership in Law Honoree
  • Ranked in Chambers USA – Leading Attorney in Litigation Related to White Collar Crime and Government Investigations

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • Federal Bar Association, Board of Directors, New Orleans Chapter (2011- 2012)
  • Sugar Bowl Committee, Member (2004-Present), Executive Committee (2015-2019), Secretary (2019)
  • St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church, Clerk of Session (2012)



  • United States v. Dwight Alexander – Lead trial counsel in a federal jury trial of a client on drug, firearm, and structuring charges.  (2019)
  • United States v. Don Moss – Lead defense counsel in a successful defense of a contractor charged with felony offenses after an explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  (2019)
  • Lead defense counsel for the Board of a hospital in a criminal investigation by the St. Bernard Parish District Attorney.  (2016)
  • State of Louisiana v. Dennis Neville – Lead trial counsel in state judge trial of client charged with issuing worthless checks.  Client found not guilty.  (2016)
  • United States v. Kurt E. Mix – Trial counsel in the federal jury trial of a BP engineer who was charged with felony offenses arising out of the Deepwater Horizon platform blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  (2015)
  • Lead defense counsel for the Board of a railroad in criminal investigations by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and Orleans Parish District Attorney.  (2010)

Key Matters

  • United States v. Dwight Alexander – Lead trial counsel in a federal jury trial of a client on drug, firearm, and structuring charges.  (2019)
  • United States v. Don Moss – Lead defense counsel in a successful defense of a contractor charged with felony offenses after an explosion on an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico.  (2019)
  • Lead defense counsel for the Board of a hospital in a criminal investigation by the St. Bernard Parish District Attorney.  (2016)
  • State of Louisiana v. Dennis Neville – Lead trial counsel in state judge trial of client charged with issuing worthless checks.  Client found not guilty.  (2016)
  • United States v. Kurt E. Mix – Trial counsel in the federal jury trial of a BP engineer who was charged with felony offenses arising out of the Deepwater Horizon platform blowout and oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  (2015)
  • Lead defense counsel for the Board of a railroad in criminal investigations by the Louisiana Legislative Auditor and Orleans Parish District Attorney.  (2010)