Stephanie A. Finley, United States Attorney for the western district of Louisiana, announced Friday that she is retiring after 25 years of federal service.
Finley began her career with the Department of Justice as an assistant United States attorney in October of 1995. Prior to her appointment as U.S. Attorney in June of 2010, She served as the district’s senior litigation counsel and was responsible for the district’s training and mentoring programs. She also served as the deputy criminal chief for the Lafayette office. In her 21-plus years with the Department of Justice, she prosecuted cases involving white collar crimes, violent crimes, civil rights, environmental crimes, drug trafficking, public corruption and tax evasion.
Under Finley’s leadership, transparency and outreach were district priorities. Her office initiated and conducted numerous outreach efforts designed to strengthen relationships between law enforcement partners, citizens, schools, and community groups. Finley also focused her attention on developing in-house programs designed to develop leadership among both attorneys and support staff.
As the chief law enforcement officer of 42 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes, her emphasis was on civil and criminal cases with a strong federal nexus. Between 2010 and 2016, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, through its amped up financial litigation unit, collected more than $101 million in civil and criminal actions.