Jesse M. Barrett

Jesse M. Barrett

Partner, Southbank Legal

Jesse is a trial lawyer who focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation around the country. Jesse founded SouthBank Legal’s white-collar practice and represents companies and individuals at all stages of investigation, litigation, and appeal. Jesse’s clients have included multiple Fortune 500 companies and corporate executives. He has tried several dozen federal cases to jury verdict and has handled numerous appeals, including successful arguments in state and federal appellate courts.

Previously, Jesse practiced at AmLaw 100 firms in Indiana and Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. During his 13 years as a federal prosecutor, Jesse led investigations into a wide variety of white-collar cases, including commercial fraud, complex tax violations, fraud involving Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs), tax-preparer fraud, securities fraud, student loan fraud, insurance fraud, mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, fraud by government contractors, and public corruption. Jesse held a Top Secret security clearance and received awards for his service from multiple federal agencies.

Jesse has served as an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School, where he has taught in the areas of trial skills and criminal law. He also has coached high school mock trial, and his teams have won state tournaments and competed in the national competition. Jesse is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization focusing on white-collar practice.


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