Michael S. Walsh


With 30 years’ experience representing individual and corporate clients in complex criminal and civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country, Michael Walsh has built a practice that includes a variety of grand jury and trial matters. His practice involves public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, False Claims Act, Lacey Act, environmental matters, and alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues. Mr. Walsh’s experience also includes federal and state trials, with primary trial responsibility in more than 100 cases including commercial, domestic, personal injury, federal civil rights actions and products liability cases.

His practice includes complex criminal cases, such as death penalty cases tried to verdict and internal investigation matters.  Mr. Walsh’s record of taking difficult and complex cases to trial plays an important role in obtaining favorable resolutions for his clients.  Often the best resolution of a criminal matter is achieved when no formal charges are ever brought.  Though he has successfully represented clients in high profile matters, his best results have often been obtained quietly by persuading government lawyers to refrain from filing charges.  Mr. Walsh has considerable expertise in designing and implementing strategies that he utilizes during grand jury investigations to avoid indictments.

Mr. Walsh serves as a member of the Taylor Porter Executive Committee and also chair of Taylor Porter's Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations Law practice. 

Mr. Walsh was ranked by Best Lawyers® as the Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar “Lawyer of the Year" in 2016, and he has been selected by his peers among Louisiana Super Lawyers® in Criminal Defense Law.

Mr. Walsh graduated from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1983. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from LSU in 1979. Before attending LSU, Mr. Walsh served in the United States Army as a military policeman having graduated from the United States Military Police School.   He is admitted to the bar in both Louisiana and Texas. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal district courts in Louisiana, United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas and the Southern District of Mississippi, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Walsh has appeared pro hac vice in United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

He currently chairs the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section. By approval of the Louisiana Supreme Court, he serves as judge pro tempore of the East Baton Rouge Parish Juvenile Court. Mr. Walsh has served as president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and he has served as chairman of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, having been appointed to that position by Chief Justice Katherine D. Kimball. Mr. Walsh is an adjunct professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches a course on Professional Responsibility and Ethics, and he is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism, and litigation skills.

Mr. Walsh is active in the Baton Rouge community, having served as chairman of the Baton Rouge Battered Women’s Program during the time period in which it acquired its present shelter, and he has served as a member of the executive committee of the Boy Scouts of America, Istrouma Council.  He is active in the Catholic Church and participated in developing policy for youth protection on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge.

Past Notable Publications:

  • Monthly column for the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Around the Bar while serving as president in 2013
  • Monthly column for Louisiana State Bar Association’s Louisiana Bar Journal for the LSBA Criminal Law Section
  • Cover article for the Louisiana Bar Journal in April 1996, titled “Ms. Scarlet and the Smith and Wesson Divorce:  A Short Ethical Play on Attorney/Client Privilege”
  • Various articles for BRBA’s Around the Bar, including interviews with judges and topics of current interest

Notable Litigation Matters:

  • Appointed to the United States District Court Magistrate Selection Committee for the Middle District of Louisiana in 2013
  • USA v. Rodney Ryder: Immigration fraud case tried to verdict in USDC, Western District of Louisiana
  • USA v. Southeastern Louisiana Water Company: environmental crimes case involving a privately held sewer and water company in USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • USA v. Chemical and Metal Industries: environmental crimes case, involving felony indictment by federal grand jury in USDC, Middle District of Louisiana; charges reduced to misdemeanor plea at trial followed by illegal sentence, which was reversed by U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Represented individuals involved in operations of the Deepwater Horizon rig while drilling the Macondo well before the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, the United States Coast Guard, and in federal civil and criminal matters
  • In re: Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer Antitrust Litigation:  represented corporate management employee alleged to have been involved in price fixing of EPDM (rubber) in USDC, Northern District of California
  • Sharp, et al. v. Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano, et al., Southern District of Texas: successfully represented corporation and Louisiana bank in ongoing federal civil matter, obtaining transfer of case from court of improper venue to federal court in New Orleans, where case was ultimately dismissed on summary judgment
  • Served as court-appointed defense counsel on multiple death penalty cases
  • USA v. PCS Nitrogen:  represent a plant official in Middle District of Louisiana

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