Peter M. Thomson
Peter M. Thomson joined the firm in 2011 as a partner in the New Orleans office of Fowler Rodriguez Valdes-Fauli. Mr. Thomson’s practice focuses on maritime criminal defense, white collar criminal defense, government investigations, corporate compliance, and select civil litigation. Mr. Thomson is a trial lawyer who has tried nearly forty criminal jury trials to verdict in state and federal courts. He brings 28 years of experience to the firm.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thomson had a twenty-three year career as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice. After graduating from Tulane Law School, Mr. Thomson practiced civil law for several years with the law firm of Coleman, Dutrey and Thomson. While in private practice, he also served as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans. From 1987 to 2011, Mr. Thomson served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana where he held a variety of leadership and supervisory positions. He served in the Organized Crime Strike Force and the Federal Drug Enforcement Task Force. Mr. Thomson also served on special assignment at the FBI with the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force, and most recently with the National Security Agency where he worked in a cyber related intelligence field. In 2009, Mr. Thomson was selected by the U.S. Justice Department to participate in its premier leadership development training program: the Leadership Excellence Achievement Program, from which he graduated in 2010 in Washington, DC.
Mr. Thomson represents corporations and individuals who are under investigation for or have been charged with a broad range of state or federal crimes, including the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, RICO, banking/financial offenses, wire fraud, and many other violations. Mr. Thomson defends the owners of motor vessels, as well as vessel operators, officers and crew members, against charges relating to marine environmental law offenses. He also assists corporations in creating compliance programs and conducting internal investigations.
Mr. Thomson has experience prosecuting cases involving crimes committed within the special maritime and territorial jurisdiction of the United States, crimes on the high seas, public corruption, narcotics trafficking, international drug smuggling, murder, racketeering, RICO, conspiracy, money laundering, and white collar crimes such as counterfeiting, identity theft, and wire fraud. He has an in-depth knowledge of federal wire-tap and electronic surveillance laws, including the legal authorities governing domestic and foreign intelligence collection. Mr. Thomson also has extensive appellate experience. He has litigated dozens of appeals and has orally argued several cases before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Thomson received his Bachelor of Arts from Tulane University in 1978 and his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in 1983. He was admitted into the Louisiana State and Federal Bars in 1983. Between 1989 and 2009, he taught trial advocacy as an Associate Adjunct Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. Between 2003 and 2010, Mr. Thomson served as Vice-Chairman for Publications with The Federalist Society’s Criminal Law Practice Group, for which he now acts as a Senior Advisor.