U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., has recommended Liskow & Lewis shareholder Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr. for the position of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana. Pending confirmation, Mr. Polite will assume the role of U.S. Attorney, replacing former U.S. Attorney Jim Letten, who resigned from the post in December 2012.
“Kenneth is an exceptional lawyer with impeccable legal credentials, and has made remarkable contributions to our firm. But just as importantly, his personal standards of integrity and principle are exemplary. I can think of no one whom I would support for that key role more enthusiastically than Kenneth,” said R. Keith Jarrett, Liskow & Lewis’ President and Managing Partner.
“Throughout his career, Kenneth has displayed an impressive commitment to public service and is enthusiastic about this opportunity to serve our country,” he added.
A native New Orleanian, Mr. Polite currently heads the firm’s Government Investigations and White Collar Criminal Defense practice. He formerly served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York from 2007–2010. In that role, he served as lead counsel in dozens of investigations and prosecutions of federal criminal offenses, including bribery, extortion, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, and identity theft. In addition to several jury trial convictions in the areas of public corruption and organized crime, Mr. Polite’s experience as a federal prosecutor includes successfully briefing and arguing several cases before the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Polite is a graduate of Harvard University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, from 2001–2002.