Sen. Mary Landrieu recommends Ken Polite as next U.S. Attorney

U.S. Senator Mary L. Landrieu on Friday recommended New Orleans attorney Kenneth Allen Polite Jr., to the President for the key federal appointment of U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

"In no other place in America have people demonstrated a greater strength, resiliency and drive to remake their lives than those living here in New Orleans and the surrounding parishes," said Landrieu. "For the region to continue to build and thrive, it is imperative that we have a strong and proven crime fighter to protect the citizens of the Eastern District and root out corruption where it exists so that New Orleans remains the entrepreneurial capital of the nation.

Throughout his career as a federal prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and corporate litigator, Mr. Polite's experience includes jury trials, internal investigations, regulatory and administrative proceedings, and extensive motion practice.

A New Orleans native, Mr. Polite currently serves as an attorney with Liskow and Lewis, where he practices in the areas of business litigation, appellate advocacy, government investigations and white-collar criminal defense. Prior to joining Liskow, Mr. Polite served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where served as lead counsel in numerous 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.

Prior to serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Polite practiced for six years in the New York office of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. A graduate of Harvard University, and cum laude graduate of Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Polite clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ambro, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Mr. Polite represents a true success story for the city of New Orleans. He was born at Charity Hospital to teenage parents, reared during his early childhood by family and caregivers in the Calliope and Lafitte housing projects, and raised in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Despite their humble beginnings, Mr. Polite's family taught him that education would be the only path out of poverty. Following his formative years at Epiphany Elementary School, Mr. Polite attended De La Salle High School in New Orleans, where each year he won a competitively-awarded full academic scholarship.

Among his numerous distinctions and awards, Mr. Polite was named Student Body President, Louisiana Boys State Governor, and Class Valedictorian, the first African-American to attain that distinction in the school's history.