New Orleans Law Firm - Capitelli and Wicker
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In 2012 and 2013 Brian J. Capitelli was named one of New Orleans Best Criminal Defense Attorneys. Prior to joining Capitelli and Wicker, Brian spent several successful years with the U.S. Attorneys' Office in New Orleans as a federal prosecutor. While a federal prosecutor, Brian was promoted to Chief Liaison to the Grand Jury. He prosecuted all different types of federal crimes ranging from environmental violations to public corruption and bank fraud. During his tenure at the U.S. Attorneys' Office, he successfully tried numerous cases before federal juries and received several awards including recognition from the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Brian’s successful career at the U.S. Attorney's Office was preceded by several years with prominent law firms in New Orleans where he litigated cases in both state and federal courts throughout Louisiana.

Since joining Capitelli and Wicker in 2010, Brian has focused his practice on white collar defense and criminal defense. His practice includes investigations and prosecutions in both state and federal court, where he represents individuals and businesses. Brian has lectured on developments in Criminal Law and Law Practice Management. He also teaches a trial skills class at the Tulane University of Law.

Practice Areas

White Collar Defense

  • Federal Grand Jury investigations
  • Environmental investigations
  • Healthcare Fraud investigations
  • Major public corruption cases
  • Complex financial investigations

Criminal Defense

  • Grand Jury Investigations
  • Federal and State felony violations

Professional Liability

  • Representation before Professional Licensing Boards

Bar Admissions

  • All Federal district courts in Louisiana and Northern District of Florida
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • All State courts in Louisiana


  • Boston College, Bachelor of Science in Finance, 1998 Dean's List
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, J.D., 2001 Law Review

Representative Matters

  • Representation of executive in offshore environmental investigation.
  • Defended individual charged with attempted second degree murder.
  • Defended person charged with Federal cybercrime matter.
  • Defended employee charged in multi-State and Federal prescription drug company.
  • Defended owner of company charged in heath care fraud conspiracy.
  • Represented company subject of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Investigation.

Civic and Charitable

  • New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center - Past President
  • Federal Bar Association - Board Member
  • Sugar Bowl Committee - Member
  • Good Shepard School - Mentor
  • Tulane Law School - Adjunct Faculty Member teaching a trial advocacy class

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