Biography

Mike Walther retired as Director of the U.S. Department of Justice National Drug Intelligence Center in May 2012, after nearly two decades as a federal prosecutor and senior executive. In August 2012, Mr. Walther also retired from the U.S. Army Reserves following 28 years of active and reserve military service in a variety of criminal and international law-related assignments in the U.S. and overseas, serving most recently as a Military Judge in the Army’s Fourth Judicial Circuit.

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Mr. Walther was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force in 1980. He was competitively selected to attend law school under the Air Force Funded Legal Education Program. He served in a variety of criminal and international law assignments in Greece, Germany, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C., including one year as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Colombia as a narcotics prosecutor. After leaving active military service in 1992, Mr. Walther joined the New Orleans firm of Phelps Dunbar LLC as a senior associate in the Admiralty Litigation Practice Section. In 1995, he became an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana where he served as a prosecutor in the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Unit. In 2000, Mr. Walther transferred to the U.S. Department of Justice Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in Washington, where he served as a senior trial attorney and later as Deputy Chief and Acting Chief. In 2005, he was appointed to the Senior Executive Service and assigned as Director of DOJ’s National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

After leaving active military service in 1992, then-Captain Walther continued his service in the U.S. Air Force Reserves until 2002, when he transferred to the U.S. Army Reserves. After serving in a variety of criminal and national security law positions, Lieutenant Colonel Walther mobilized to active duty in 2006, deploying to Iraq as Legal Advisor to the Multi-National Corps Iraq planning staff. In early-2007, he was reassigned to General David Petraeus’ Multi-National Force Iraq staff as Director of the Law and Order Task Force in Rusafa, Iraq. In that role, he supervised the construction and administration of prison and court facilities and provided support and training for Iraqi judges engaged in the trial of high-profile criminal cases.

With over 28 years of legal experience, Mr. Walther has litigated hundreds of trials as a prosecutor, defense counsel and military judge. He has also handled countless administrative and personnel-related proceedings. Since retiring from federal civilian and military service, Mr. Walther has established a boutique legal practice focused on criminal defense, military criminal and administrative law, and internal corporate investigations. His long and varied experience as a prosecutor, defense counsel and judge has provided him with the knowledge and background necessary to provide the highest quality legal representation in each of these areas.

Mr. Walther received his undergraduate degree (B.A., English, 1978), magna cum laude, from Tulane University, and his law degree (J.D. 1984), magna cum laude, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. He also earned a masters degree (M.A., Strategic Studies) from the U.S. Army War College in 2012.
Mr. Walther is licensed in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, and Texas (inactive), and admitted to practice before all applicable State, Federal and Military courts.

Civilian Professional Experiece

Director (SES), U.S. Department of Justice, National Drug Intelligence Center, 2005-2012
Deputy Chief, U.S. Department of Justice, Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section, 1999-2005
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1995-1999
Senior Associate, Phelps Dunbar LLC, 1992-1995

Military Professional Experience

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired), Military Judge, U.S. Army Reserves, 2003-2012
Major, Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force Reserves, 1992-2003
2d Lieutenant – Captain, Judge Advocate, U.S. Air Force, 1980-1992

Education

B.A., English, magna cum laude, Tulane University, 1978
J.D., magna cum laude, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1984
M.A., Strategic Studies, U.S. Army War College, 2012

Bar AdmissionsPennsylvania, 1984
Louisiana, 1993
Texas, 1994 (inactive)

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court
United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
United States District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Supreme Court of Pennsylvania
Supreme Court of Louisiana
Supreme Court of Texas

Memberships

Federal Bar Association
Louisiana Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Cambria County Bar Association
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Military Awards and Ribbons

Bronze Star Medal
Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award)
Joint Service Commendation Medal
Army Commendation Medal
Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal
Air Force Achievement Medal (2nd Award)
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal (2nd Award)
Iraq Campaign Medal
Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
Armed Forces Reserve Medal
Army Overseas Service Ribbon
Air Force Overseas Service Ribbon
Reserve Components Overseas Training Ribbon
Army Service Ribbon
Air Force Training Ribbon
Joint Meritorious Unit Award (2nd Award)
Combat Action Badge

 

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