Mike Magner has more than 30 years of experience litigating criminal and complex civil matters, including more than 40 jury trials. Mr. Magner is a partner in the Jones Walker law firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and practices from the firm's New Orleans office. He provides preventive and litigation services for businesses and individuals in corporate and white collar criminal matters. He also represents individuals and companies in connection with grand jury and other investigations.
Mr. Magner's particular experience is in anti-corruption compliance and litigation matters on both a domestic and international level. He served as a federal prosecutor in New Orleans for 20 years where he was a key member of the team that successfully prosecuted former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards, following a five-month trial. He was also the lead prosecutor in the Department of Justice's long term investigation and prosecution of judicial and related public corruption known as "Operation Wrinkled Robe." In recognition of his work, Mr. Magner was awarded the Department of Justice's highest award for litigation, the John Marshall Award, as well as the Director's Award for Superior Performance by a Litigative Team.
Mr. Magner has also served as a supervisor of the U.S. Attorney's Office's Anti-Terrorism/Crisis Response Unit, Organized Crime Strike Force, and Violent Crime Unit, and has tried cases in virtually all sections of the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana. He specialized in long term, complex white collar investigations and trials, including export control, mail and wire fraud, government contract fraud, bribery, money laundering, police misconduct, civil rights violations, and RICO. In 2011, he served as the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Advisor to the Kenyan Anti-Corruption Commission ("KACC") in Nairobi, Kenya, where he was embedded in the KACC's principal headquarters for nearly two months, and provided training to KACC's investigators, auditors, and attorneys on corruption compliance, investigative, and prosecution matters. He has also trained foreign judges and prosecutors in Central Asia and Africa and has regularly trained federal prosecutors through the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute.
Before working with the KACC, Mr. Magner was the U.S. Department of Justice's ("DOJ") first Counsel for Emergency Management and Crisis Response in the Office of Director, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys in Washington, D.C. for 18 months, where he represented the DOJ at various White House level emergency exercises and planning meetings relating to the federal government’s response to major criminal events, natural disasters, and pandemics. While with the DOJ, Mr. Magner was also selected as a trained evaluator of other U.S. Attorneys' Offices throughout the country on various substantive legal areas, as well as ethics and professionalism.
Mr. Magner is also an Adjunct Associate Professor in Tulane's Trial Advocacy Program.
Fall - Trial Advocacy
Spring - Advanced Criminal Practice