In February 2015, I entered private practice, concentrating on criminal law, forfeiture, and mediation services.
From 1985 until November 2013, I was an assistant United States attorney in the Northern District of Texas. I litigated civil and criminal forfeiture cases involving violations of federal laws on behalf of federal agencies (including the Drug Enforcement Administration, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Homeland Security, Internal Revenue Service Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Secret Service, and Fish and Wildlife Service.
From July 2009 until January 2012, however, I served as the Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Coordinator on a detail to the Executive Office of United States Attorneys (EOUSA), United States Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. In this capacity, I provided advice and assistance to EOUSA and 93 United States Attorney’s offices, on legal, logistical, and programmatic issues arising as part of the Department’s Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Program. I also served as a liaison between EOUSA and the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, components of the Department of Justice (e.g., DEA, FBI, ATF) and Department of Treasury (e.g., IRS, SS, DHS) Asset Forfeiture Programs, and other agencies.
In both of these positions, I became familiar with federal forfeiture statutes, regulations, and cases, and agency forfeiture policies and procedures, as well as standard practices of agencies . Each year, I attended conferences on various substantive and procedural subjects related to forfeiture, including the annual Asset Forfeiture Chiefs and Experts Conference sponsored by the Department of Justice’s Asset Forfeiture/Money Laundering Section. Each month, I reviewed a summary of federal forfeiture case decisions prepared by renowned forfeiture expert Stefan Cassella. In addition, I regularly made presentations locally to various federal agencies on forfeiture topics.
2018 Texas Chapters ConferenceFort Worth Convention Center
1201 Houston Street
Fort Worth, TX 76101
Second Annual Texas Chapters Conference
The tension between economic liberty and the state’s power to regulate economic activity has long...