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David R. Dugas

Of Counsel

301 Main Street
Suite 1400
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

David R. Dugas is Of Counsel in the firm's Baton Rouge office. Prior to joining the firm, David served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for nine years.

Foreign Corrupt Practices Act

David has experience with a myriad of international legal matters, including FCPA. David served for almost a decade as United States Attorney, headed a national fraud task force for the DOJ and worked closely with government officials and enforcement agencies on numerous white collar cases and other criminal investigations.

Government Investigations

As a former leader within the U.S. Department of Justice, David co-chairs the firm's government investigations practice. His practice focuses on criminal and civil investigations and he represents clients in investigations by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the EPA Criminal Investigative Division (EPA-CID) and other law enforcement and regulatory agencies.

David also leads the firm’s CFPB Rapid Response Team, which was formed to assist the firm’s clients in responding to the increasing number of time-sensitive Civil Investigative Demands (CID) and Company Portal complaints that companies in the consumer financial services industry are receiving from this new and growing agency. David regularly writes and speaks on enforcement activities by the CFPB.

While serving as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana, David served as the Director of the Department of Justice's National Center for Disaster Fraud and Executive Director of the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force from 2005 to 2010. David received national recognition for his leadership in those roles. In that capacity, David coordinated the investigation and prosecution of disaster fraud related to all federal disaster relief programs including FEMA Public Assistance, FEMA Individual Assistance, HUD Community Development Block Grants, and SBA Small Business Assistance as well as Red Cross and other charity fraud. David coordinated closely with FEMA’s Joint Field Offices in each Disaster Zone, with the DHS-Office of Inspector General, and with FEMA Headquarters in Washington, DC. David’s work in that area has made him very familiar with the intricacies of the Stafford Act and FEMA regulations related to disaster relief programs. From 2006 through 2010 David served as Chair of the Attorney General's Environmental Issues Advisory Subcommittee and as Co-Chair of the Environmental Crimes Policy Committee of the United States Department of Justice. In those positions he was responsible for helping formulate national environmental enforcement policy for the Department of Justice.

Corporate Compliance and Government Investigations

David, along with others in the firm’s Government Contracts practice area, helps guide public and private companies, organizations and individuals in aligning their business strategies with the regulatory and statutory compliance required in government contracts. The group has advised and represented prime contractors and subcontractors in handling all issues concerning:

  • Criminal and Civil Fraud Claims and Investigations
  • The False Claims Act (especially “qui tam” defense)
  • The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • The Government Cost Accounting Standards (CAS)
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internal Compliance Programs
  • The Service Contract Act
  • Mergers and Acquisitions of Government Contract Assets
  • Stafford Act Emergency Procurements
  • The Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and the Defense FAR Supplement
  • The Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Suspension and Debarment
  • GAO/Court of Federal Claims/Agency Level Bid Protests
  • State & Local Bid Protests
  • Contract Disputes Act Claims
  • Federal Construction Projects