Practice Group Leader of Taylor Porter's Criminal Defense and Domestic Relations Law practices, Mike Walsh has more than 35 years of experience representing individual and corporate clients in complex criminal and civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country. His practice, which includes a variety of grand jury and trial matters, involves public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, False Claims Act, Lacey Act, environmental matters, and alcoholic beverage licensing and related enforcement issues.
His criminal defense practice includes complex criminal cases, such as death penalty cases tried to verdict and internal investigation matters, and also recent experience conducting investigations into sexual torts/abuse incidents. 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.
He 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. In addition to his criminal defense and family law practice, Mr. Walsh represents lawyers, law firms, and judges in disciplinary proceedings, malpractice matters, professional liability claims and ethics violations, and he is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism, and litigation skills, instructing prosecutors, defenders and federal investigators on professional liability and ethics, both internationally (Austria, Canada), and nationally (Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, California).
Mr. Walsh has represented construction clients in litigation and transactional work involving commercial, residential, industrial and roadway projects in both the public and private sector. He has represented construction company owners, general contractors, subcontractors, homebuilders, architects, engineers, material and equipment suppliers, and manufacturers, in various legal issues facing the industry, including public bidding law disputes. He works with municipal, parish, and state agencies, and companies from various industries, on all the complex intricacies of public records requests, and in particular, the Louisiana Public Records Law, assisting in both helping clients submit public records requests, and how to respond to public records requests. Mr. Walsh advises and represents clients in a wide variety of antitrust and price fixing matters clients on whether business practices comply with regulations domestically and abroad, so that markets function effectively on fair and open competition.
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, United States District Court for the Northern 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 U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Walsh 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. He is a member of the MDLA Magistrate Selection Committee, and was formerly on the committee to screen the Parish Attorney's committee. Mr. Walsh formerly served as president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Mr. Walsh graduated from LSU 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.
Mr. Walsh previously 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.
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