David R. Dugas

David R. Dugas is of counsel in McGlinchey Stafford’s Baton Rouge office. Prior to joining McGlinchey Stafford, David served as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana for nine years.


Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1978 (Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review (1977 – 1978), LSU Moot Court Board of Student Advisors (1977 – 1978), Order of the Coif, Phi Kappa Phi, Law Review, Omicron Delta Kappa)

Louisiana State University, 1975


David chairs the firm’s national energy practice. That practice involves representation of clients in the oil and gas industry, drawing upon David’s extensive trial and appellate experience handling complex oil and gas litigation, complex commercial litigation and casualty litigation before state and federal courts. David also has vast experience handling transactional oil and gas issues, corporate compliance and fraud 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 corporate internal investigations, as well as criminal and civil government investigations by government entities, including investigations involving environmental law and energy, financial institutions, health care, and financial reporting for business entities.

From 2005 to 2010, 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. David has received national recognition for his leadership in those roles and was named "2005 U.S. Attorney of the Year" by the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association for his leadership of federal law enforcement in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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.

Admitted to Practice

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit


  • "Fighting Government Program Fraud - Maintaining the Upper Hand," panel presentation at the 2009 Association of Government Accountants’ National Conference, Washington, DC., Dugas, D., Haas, C. and Schwarz, M. (2009)
  • "Environmental Crimes, the Chief’s Perspective," National Advocacy Center’s 2009 DOJ Environmental Crimes Training, Columbia, SC, Dugas, D. and Mitchell, S. (2009)
  • "From Charles Ponzi to Bernie Madoff, the Warning Signs of Investment Fraud," 2009 Continuing Professional Development seminar of the Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louisiana Association of Certified Public Accountants, Baton Rouge, LA., (2009)
  • "Rapanos and Carabell, Where Do We Go From Here?," Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Center of Continuing Professional Development 2008 CLE Seminar on Environmental Law, Baton Rouge, LA, (2008)
  • "After the Storm: Fighting Fraud Following a Natural Disaster," Toronto Police Service’s 16th Annual International Fraud Investigators Conference, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, (2006)
  • "Federal and Local American Red Cross Fraud Prosecutions and Case Studies," 2006 American Red Cross Fraud Awareness Training Program, Washington, DC, Dugas, D. and Rusch, J. (2006)
  • "Internal Controls: Did They Reduce Risk in Hurricane Katrina Response?," Association of Government Accountants’ 2006 National Internal Control and Fraud Conference, Atlanta, GA, Dugas, D. and Skinner, R. (2006)
  • "Corruption in Contingency / Emergency Contracting - A Prosecutor’s Perspective," 2006 Interagency Public Corruption Conference, Baltimore, MD, (2006)
  • "Investigating and Prosecuting Disaster Related Fraud," 2006 Financial Industry Mail Security Initiative Meeting, Chicago, IL, (2006)
  • "Standards of Review and How to Use Them to Win Your Appeal," panel discussion presented at the Fifth Circuit Bar Association’s 20th Annual Federal Practice and Advocacy Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, Dugas, D. et. al. (2005)
  • "Plea Negotiations - State and Federal Statutes, Practices and Policies; Factors that Guide the Prosecutor’s Charging Decisions in Complex Cases," Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Center of Continuing Professional Development 2005 Criminal Litigation Seminar, (2005)
  • "The EPA’s Front Burner Issues in Louisiana," Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Center of Continuing Professional Development’s 2004 Environmental Law Seminar, Baton Rouge, LA, Dugas, D. et. al. (2004)


  • "Disaster Fraud - Lessons Learned from Hurricane Katrina," Royal Canadian Mounted Police Gazette, Volume 70, No. 1, 2008

Awards & Honors

  • 2010 Outstanding Achievement in Prosecution Award, FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association, Louisiana Chapter
  • 2005 U.S. Attorney of the Year, Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association
  • 2006 Attorney General's Medallion for Distinguished Service, U.S. Department of Justice
  • 2006 Distinguished Service Plaque, President's Council on Integrity and Efficiency and the Executive Council on Integrity and Efficiency
  • 2006 Director's Award for Superior Performance in Public Service, Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys
  • 2004 Federal Prosecutor of the Year, Louisiana Crime Victims' Alliance