Clients may be initially confronted with the criminal justice system by service of grand jury subpoenas or may be thrust into the system by arrest or indictment. Grand jury practice requires counsel to make an initial assessment of the client's exposure, to determine "target" status, to monitor grand jury developments and to manage news media events to avoid adverse publicity.
CIVIL & COMMERCIAL
In the last twenty-five years, there has been a growth in the number of legal malpractice cases against lawyers. Additionally, in the last twenty years, there has been an increase in disciplinary actions brought by the Louisiana Bar Association’s Office of Disciplinary Counsel (ODC), and attorneys have found themselves as respondents in connection with “Bar Complaints” investigated by ODC. The Louisiana Supreme Court has supervisory jurisdiction over such matters.
Served as Assistant U.S. Attorney (1978-1982) in the Eastern District of Louisiana under U.S. Attorney John Volz.
Chief of Trials (1982) - Supervisor of all civil and criminal trial litigation.
Chief of Criminal Division (1979-81). Supervisor of 18 criminal attorneys in such areas as "white collar" crime, federal program fraud political corruption, bank fraud, environmental, and IRS violation.
Chief of Civil Division (1978-79) Supervisor over 8 civil attorneys.
LTC Richard T. Simmons, JR Jag Corp, U.S. Army, Retired