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Trying a Criminal Case in the Northern District of Texas (Audio Only)

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Course Information

Time 60 minutes
Difficulty Intermediate

Course Description

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes, ranging from traditional offenses such as drugs and immigration violations to white collar crimes such as health care fraud, bank fraud, securities fraud, and public corruption. Paul Coggins, former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and current partner at Locke Lorde LLP, and Kiprian Mendrygal, also a partner at Locke Lorde LLP, will discuss their experience with federal criminal prosecutions in the Northern District of Texas. The program will have a particular focus on white collar prosecutions.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain an overview of the Northern District of Texas
  2. Analyze trends in the District, as the cases are diverse and changing
  3. Recognize the art of the plea deal. Sometimes, never going to trial is the client’s best option
  4. Review the indictment process and conditions of release
  5. Discuss pretrial discovery, particularly how close one can get to an “open file,” and in what kinds of cases
  6. Navigate the trial successfully
  7. Identify post-conviction issues, including appealing to the 5th Circuit, negotiating with the financial litigation unit, and other post-conviction issues

Credit Information

This course is pre-approved for CLE credit in the following states. If your state is not listed, contact support for more information on how to receive credit


Kiprian Mendrygal

Locke Lord LLP

Kip Mendrygal is a partner in Locke Lord LLP’s White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice group. Kip was named by Texas Monthly as a “Rising Star” for six consecutive years between 2010 and 2015. In 2017, he was named by Chambers USA on its list of Up and Coming in Texas for Litigation: White-Collar Crime & Government Investigations. His practice focuses on representing executives and companies in civil, criminal, and regulatory investigations and criminal defense. He also has significant experience conducting internal investigations for clients in both the private and public sector, including governmental entities. He received a B.S. and M.S. degrees in Molecular Biology from the University of Texas at Dallas, and received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.


Paul Coggins

Locke Lord LLP

Paul Coggins is a partner at Locke Lord LLP, where he co-chairs the firm’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and Internal Investigations practice. Paul served as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas from 1993 to 2001. He received his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University and both a B.A. and a Diploma in Law from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, before graduating from Harvard Law School. Paul is a former radio host, a published author, a frequent speaker, and is involved in numerous public service organizations.