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.

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.

PUBLICATIONS & PRESENTATIONS

  • 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 – 2017)
  • Speaker, Annual White Collar Crime Symposium, “White Collar Law Update – Recent Developments and Trends,” New Orleans (April 2016 and April 2015)

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, 2010-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers,2007 -2017; 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 -2017

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

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

 

  • Trial Counsel, U.S. v. Kurt Mix (successful defense in 2015 of BP engineer charged with felony obstruction of justice after the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill).
  • Defense counsel for Board of Commissioners of St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District and Board of Directors of St. Bernard Hospital Foundation (successful resolution in 2016 of criminal investigation by St. Bernard Parish District Attorney).
  • Defense counsel for Board of Commissioners of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (successful resolution in 2010 of investigation by Louisiana Legislative Auditor and Orleans Parish District Attorney).
  • State of Louisiana v. Dennis Neville (2016 acquittal at trial of client charged with issuing worthless checks).

Key Matters

  • Trial Counsel, U.S. v. Kurt Mix (successful defense in 2015 of BP engineer charged with felony obstruction of justice after the Deepwater Horizon blowout and oil spill).
  • Defense counsel for Board of Commissioners of St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District and Board of Directors of St. Bernard Hospital Foundation (successful resolution in 2016 of criminal investigation by St. Bernard Parish District Attorney).
  • Defense counsel for Board of Commissioners of New Orleans Public Belt Railroad (successful resolution in 2010 of investigation by Louisiana Legislative Auditor and Orleans Parish District Attorney).
  • State of Louisiana v. Dennis Neville (2016 acquittal at trial of client charged with issuing worthless checks).