Former Asst. U.S. Attorney Joins Fowler Rodriquez Valdes-Fauli

Tuesday, June 07, 2011
Photo courtesy Hess Marketing

Fowler Rodriquez Valdes-Fauli announced that former Assistant United States Attorney Peter Thomson has joined the firm as a partner and will lead the firm’s maritime criminal defense division. Mr. Thomson brings an outstanding set of credentials and an impeccable record spanning twenty-three years of service with the U.S. Department of Justice.  In this era of heightened criminal enforcement and government scrutiny, corporate leaders and businesses need a counselor of Mr. Thomson’s expertise to guide them through hazardous state and federal legal waters to avoid potential criminal investigations or to defend their company, its officers and employees should the unthinkable happen.

Mr. Thomson will help navigate and defend businesses against a broad spectrum of regulatory, environmental and criminal enforcement incidents and actions related to maritime and environmental offenses, including the Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), the RICO Act, together with many other regulatory and criminal statutes.
 
As a federal prosecutor, Peter Thomson managed the “crimes on the high seas” docket in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana.  In that capacity, Mr. Thomson supervised investigations involving crimes committed within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, including crimes of violence committed on oil platforms and on board cruise ships operating in international waters.  Mr. Thomson has conducted numerous complex investigations and prosecutions involving the RICO Act, homicides and other violent acts, international drug trafficking, money laundering, alien smuggling, illegal immigration, fraud, and public corruption, as well as sensitive matters involving national security.  Mr. Thomson’s trial and litigation experience is extensive.  In 1986, as an Assistant District Attorney, he successfully tried over two-dozen cases in state criminal district court.  Between 1987 and 2011, he tried nearly thirty criminal jury trials in federal court.  Impressively, in all cases, the U.S. government prevailed and the defendants were convicted.
 
Thomson has received numerous agency commendations and awards during his career, including from the DEA, the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the U.S. Customs Service, the New Orleans Police Department, and the U.S. Postal Service.  In 2008, he received a personal commendation from the FBI Director for his superior handling a high-profile public corruption case arising out of Hurricane Katrina.  In 2009, Mr. Thomson was one of only three Assistant U.S. Attorneys selected nationwide to participate in the Justice Department’s premier leadership development program.  Last year, the leadership program placed Mr. Thomson with the National Security Agency in Ft. Meade, Maryland, where he briefed NSA managers on legal authorities related to cyberspace.  For successfully completing the program, Mr. Thomson received a special commendation award from the U.S. Attorney General.
 
Thomson is a native of New Orleans.  In 1983, after a stint with the FBI, he graduated from Tulane Law School, where during summers he studied international law abroad and worked as an intern for U.S. Senator J. Bennett Johnston in Washington, DC.  Between 1983 and 1987 he practiced civil law with the New Orleans law firm of Coleman, Dutrey and Thomson.  From 1987 to the present he has worked as a federal prosecutor in the Eastern District of Louisiana where he has handled hundreds of federal investigations and argued before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He has taught at the FBI Academy and published articles on the Patriot Act and on the federal sentencing guidelines.  For over twenty years, Mr. Thomson was an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University Law School.  
Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

People & Company News

Schlumberger Announces Q1 Results

Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB) today reported first-quarter 2014 revenue from continuing operations of $11.24 billion versus $11.91 billion in the fourth quarter of 2013, and $10.

Russia Ships First Oil From Offshore Arctic Platform

President Vladimir Putin hailed Russia's first shipment of Arctic offshore oil on Friday, saying the platform decried by environmentalists will help Moscow expand its global energy markets share.

Shipping Turns From Banks to Equity Markets for Cash

Shipping companies are turning to equity markets to fill a growing funding gap, betting that investors hungry for decent returns will provide capital to a sector

Legal

Reports: Brazilian Tycoon Batista Investigated For Financial Crimes

Brazils federal police have opened an investigation into former billionaire Eike Batista for financial crimes, including insider trading, manipulation of markets and money laundering,

Shell Commited To Russia Expansion Despite Sanctions

Royal Dutch Shell is committed to expansion in Russia, Chief Executive Ben van Beurden told Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on Friday amid sanctions

Ex-BP Employee Settles Insider-trading Oil Spill Case

A former 20-year veteran of BP plc who oversaw the company's cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will pay more than $224,000 to settle civil charges

 
 
Maritime Security Maritime Standards Naval Architecture Navigation Pod Propulsion Ship Repair Ship Simulators Shipbuilding / Vessel Construction Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.3389 sec (3 req/sec)