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Sam Winston

Winston Bergeron, LLP
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Sam Winston
Winston Bergeron, LLP
New Orleans,

As both an appeals lawyer and a trial lawyer who has worked countless criminal cases, I've learned a lot about our justice system.

One thing I see over and over again is this: if you're accused of a crime, regardless of whether you are innocent or guilty, your reputation and way of life could be changed forever.

Very few people know what it's like to have the government accuse you of doing something wrong unless you've been through it. From the professional, to the student, to man on the street, I've been through it with my clients many times. Too often I've seen good people's lives under attack by false allegations or an unfair process.

What you need is a champion, someone who will passionately advocate for you and tell your side of the story.

That's why I became a lawyer.

In Louisiana they say that there are two kinds of people, preachers and storytellers. As a former reporter and writer who grew up here, I consider myself a storyteller.

I am a storyteller who digs deep to find all of the pieces of the puzzle, all of the inconsistencies in an allegation, and all of those important details that could have been missed. Then I use those things to find and tell the truth.

Because the reality is that behind every successful case is a massive amount of preparation and hard work - preparation and research that is time consuming and tedious but absolutely vital to your case's success.

Another reality?

Many lawyers choose to skip this step.

Instead, they depend solely upon the power of personality to try and win the case.

In my experience, this method is woefully inadequate, irresponsible, and at worst, off putting to judges and juries.

The details matter.

They matter because your freedom and your reputation can depend on them.


5 years as a white-collar attorney in the white collar section of Jones Walker LLP, defending individuals and counseling companies that were at risk of prosecution and government enforcement
Clerked for the Honorable Edwin A. Lombard on the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals during law school
Interned for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey of the Eastern District of Louisiana
Clerked for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Louisiana


Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2012, cum laude; Loyola Law Review; Moot Court Board; William L. Crowe Scholar
Bucerius Law School - WHU Otto Beisheim School of Management, LL.M. in Law and Business, Hamburg, Germany, 2009
Boston University, B.S. in Journalism, 2004
Isidore Newman High School, 2000

Statewide Louisiana Criminal Defense Practice (including):
Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2012

Court Admissions

All Louisiana state courts
United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2012
Eastern District Court of Louisiana, 2012
Middle District Court of Louisiana, 2012
Western District Court of Louisiana, 2012


National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL)
Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (LACDL)
American Bar Association
Order of the Barristers
Thomas More - Loyola Law School American Inn of Court
Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans, Katz-Phillips Leadership Development Program (Graduate)
St. Katharine Drexel Prep High School (formerly Xavier Prep, past board member)

Practice Areas

White-Collar Defense
Criminal Defense
Appeals/Post-Conviction Relief
Complex Litigation


'Cannibal Cop Decision Deepens Circuit Split On Federal Hacking Statute', Trade Secret Insider January 2016
'DOJ and SEC Release Much-Anticipated Resource Guide to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ('FCPA')', Jones Walker Corporate Compliance & White Collar Defense E*Bulletin, November 2012


German - Fluent

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