J. Christopher Dippel, Jr.Special Counsel
Chris Dippel is special counsel in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2022 and practices in the white-collar criminal defense and commercial litigation groups. Chris focuses his practice on white-collar defense, government investigations, internal investigations for businesses and organizations, and trials. Prior to private practice, Chris served as a federal prosecutor for ten years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana. He served as a Deputy Criminal Chief during his tenure with the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
As a federal prosecutor, Chris tried several jury trials, including as lead counsel for two multi-week securities fraud (insider trading) trials. He also tried cases related to health care fraud, conspiracy, drug trafficking, and firearm offenses. His work involved a wide variety of criminal matters, including health care fraud, investment and securities fraud, public corruption, false statements, embezzlement, tax violations, bank fraud, insurance fraud, wire and mail fraud, cyber offenses, civil rights violations, theft of government funds, counterfeiting, environmental crimes, child pornography, drug trafficking, firearm offenses, and violent crime.
Before joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Chris served as an Assistant District Attorney in East Baton Rouge Parish. After law school, Chris served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jay C. Zainey of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Chris served as an Assistant Lecturer at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center teaching the Administration of Criminal Justice II course for three years. He is also a FINRA Arbitrator for security disputes.
Chris earned his J.D. from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2006. He earned his B.A. in Political Science from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.
- Admitted, Louisiana, 2006; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Western, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana
- Baton Rouge Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association, Member-at-Large
- FINRA Arbitrator, Securities Disputes, 2021 – Present
- Billers Catch a Break – Supreme Court Pushes Back on Government's Use of Aggravated Identity Theft Statute, Louisiana Law Blog, July 13, 2023