Donald W. Washington is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. An experienced litigator, leader of a federal agency, and former federal prosecutor, he focuses on business and law enforcement leadership counseling, as well as complex civil and criminal dispute resolution.
Drawing on his nearly 30 years as a trial attorney, litigator, and counselor, Don regularly represents corporations and individuals in internal investigations, government inquiries, and law-enforcement actions. He has extensive, wide-ranging experience, including litigating and investigating matters involving oil and gas issues, commercial disputes, white collar crimes, healthcare and other industry-related fraud, False Claims Act and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance, environmental claims, patent infringement, Lanham Act disputes, trademark, unfair trade practices, tort, and other civil and criminal litigation. Don has recently begun serving as a mediator; drawing on his broad-based, extensive litigation background, he now offers his services in the mediation of simple to complex matters. He advocates strongly that great leadership leads to great results, and offers his experience to counsel business and law enforcement entities in handling internal and external leadership issues.
In 2019, Don was appointed Director of the United States Marshals Service, the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. During his service and leadership of the agency, he developed and established key agency priorities and strategies and oversaw the operations of nearly 5,500 US marshals, deputy marshals, criminal investigators, detention enforcement officers, and administrative staff. He led the storied agency through multiple operations to address the rise in violent crime, the turbulence of civil unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic occurring in the United States and its territories, while protecting the federal judiciary, witnesses, and courts.
Previously in his career, Don served as US Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana from 2001 to early 2010. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Louisiana, he led federal investigations and trial teams, as well as prosecuted cases involving criminal and civil violations of federal law. While with the US Department of Justice, he held a number of leadership positions, including on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee, the DOJ-sponsored Executive Committee for Federal Prosecutors, State Attorneys General and District Attorneys, and the DOJ's Terrorism, Controlled Substances, and Native American Issues committees.
As an engineer, Don previously held engineering, business, and law positions while employed with Conoco, Inc., including developing and leading engineering projects, participating in the development of the company’s original diversity and inclusion practices, and serving on projects to improve the company’s contracting practices. He later served as chief counsel for the company’s Gulf of Mexico Division.
Don serves currently on the boards of Home Bank (Home Bancorp, Inc.), University of Louisiana-Lafayette Foundation, and the Louisiana Military Museum. He previously served on other notable boards, including the The Innocence Project of New Orleans, Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Community Foundation of Acadiana, Pines to the Gulf Girl Scout Council, Lafayette Airport Commission, Lafayette Education Foundation, United Way of Acadiana, and Goodwill Industries of Acadiana.