LPDB Board Members

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C. Frank Holthaus

C. Frank Holthaus did his undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering and Mathematics at LSU and the University of Texas. Having served over a year in the United States Merchant Marine, he entered LSU Law School where he served as research assistant to Professor George Pugh in his writings on the law of evidence (Louisiana Evidence Law) and federal jurisdiction. He graduated in 1975 and served as law clerk to Associate Justice John A. Dixon, Jr. of the Louisiana Supreme Court after which he established his law practice in Baton Rouge in 1976. Mr. Holthaus taught Business Law at the LSU Center for Engineering and Business from 1980 to 1985. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at the LSU Law School.

For over forty years, Mr. Holthaus has practiced in almost every field of litigation. In criminal practice he has represented people, businesses, and industry in a wide array of investigations, indictments, trials, and appeals. In his civil practice, he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Holthaus has the rare distinction of representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex class action litigation in various federal courts.

As one of only a very few lawyers in the state of Louisiana to be certified in criminal trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, Mr. Holthaus has achieved verdicts of not guilty and the immediate release of his client in numerous federal prosecutions. His litigation experience includes those involving violations of Racketeering Influenced Corrupt Organization Act (RICO); Continuing Criminal Enterprise Act (CCE); Labor Racketeering Act; Hobbs Act; Industrial Espionage; Theft of Trade Secret; Federal Jury Tampering; Anti-Trust; Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; Capital Murder; Bank Fraud, Federal Land Bank Loan Fraud; Interstate Transportation of Stolen Property; Federally Funded Contract Fraud; Federal Jury Tampering; Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) violations; Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (Superfund - CERCLA) violations; Federal Bribery Statute; Medicare & Medicaid Fraud; ERISA Fraud, Deprivation of Civil Rights by Murder; Brokerage House Fraud; Ponzi Scheme, and many more.

In his civil practice, Frank has successfully represented numerous plaintiffs and has achieved multiple six and seven figure recoveries. He has served as plaintiff counsel in class actions in both federal and state courts. Frank also represents defendants in civil cases. This includes defending energy, industrial, and commercial clients in matters such as construction contracts and fraud disputes, class action defense, Anti-Trust claims, air and water environmental discharges, maritime disputes, collisions and allisions, Carriage of Goods by Sea Act (COGSA & Jones Act) and much more.

Mr. Holthaus is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, United States District Courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States District Court Southern District of Missouri; and, all Louisiana State Courts.

He maintains current membership in the Louisiana State Bar Association (1975); CJA Selection Panel, Middle District of Louisiana (1998); Louisiana Law Institute Criminal Procedure Committee (2009); Pugh Institute for Justice Advisory Committee (1998); Ethics Advisory Service Subcommittee (2014), House of Delegates (1990) and Legislations Committee (2014) Louisiana State Bar Association; and, National Board of Trial Advocacy, Criminal Trial Law (2000). He has also served as an Assistant Louisiana State Bar Examiner since 2000.

His past memberships include President, Baton Rouge Bar Association (1996); Member, Judicial Liaison Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association (2005-2006); Chairman, Federal Court Liaison Committee, Baton Rouge Bar Association (1999); Chairman, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Committee No. 27 (2000-2006); Local Criminal Rules Revision Committee, Middle District of Louisiana (1999); Board of Directors, Baton Rouge Bar Association (1988-1997); U.S. Magistrate Selection Committee, Middle District of Louisiana (1996); Charter Member, Mayor’s Anti-Drug Task Force, East Baton Rouge Parish, (1989); Chairman, Local Rules Revision Committee, 19th Judicial District Court (1985-1987); Chairman, Criminal Law Section, Louisiana State Bar Association (1982); Standing Committee on Grand Juries, American Bar Association (1985-1992); White Collar Crime Committee, American Bar Association (1992-1996); Chairman, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Criminal Law Section (2007); Charter Member, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (1985); President, Baton Rouge Lawyers for Criminal Justice (1983); and, the Supreme Court of Louisiana Committee on Standards on Juror Use and Management.

Mr. Holthaus was a charter board member of The Ecumenical House (Federal Half-Way House). He participates in Catholic High School and St. Aloysius Catholic Church Men’s Club activities and has coached CYO, St. Aloysius, and YMCA youth basketball.

Mr. Holthaus has served on the Louisiana Public Defender Board as an appointee of the President of the Senate since 2009 and most recently was appointed Chairman by the Governor in November, of 2016.

Zita Jackson Andrus
Attorney at Law

Zita Andrus received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Xavier University of Louisiana in May of 2004. She obtained her Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law from Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2008 where she was the recipient of the CALI Award in Insurance, the Best Oral Advocate Award in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, and was a Southern Regional Quarter finalist in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition. She was also a member of the Wex Malone American Inn of Court, LSU Moot Court Board, LSU Trial Advocacy Team and served as Treasurer of the Black Law Students Association.

Ms. Andrus has been employed with the law firm of Baggett, McCall, Burgess, Watson and Gaughan, LLC in Lake Charles, Louisiana since March of 2013. Prior that that time she worked as a CJA panel attorney with the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in the Western District of Louisiana in Lake Charles from October 2010 to March of 2013. She has also worked with the Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, various private law firms and in 2007 clerked for Justice John L. Weimer.

Ms. Andrus is admitted to practice in Louisiana, United States District Court for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a skilled writer, proficient in trial preparation, and experienced in trial preparation as first chair to commercial litigation and personal injury trials as well as second chair to medical malpractice and criminal trials.

Chris L. Bowman
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Speaker, House of Representatives
Term: 07/08/2016 - 02/24/2017

A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.

Flozell Daniels, Jr.
Juvenile Justice Advocate

Appointed by: Chief Justice
Louisiana Supreme Court
Term: 06/01/2015 - 05/31/2019

Flozell Daniels, Jr., CEO and President of Foundation for Louisiana (formerly Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation), is a public policy and community engagement strategist with expertise in community and leadership development, resilience building and legislative strategy. With a focus on building coalitions that increase success in expanding economic opportunity for all, Mr. Daniels is accomplished in expanding capacity and outcomes in areas that include community development finance, criminal justice reform, coastal/environmental policy, transit equity and asset development. Mr. Daniels has led more than $50 million award-winning community investment strategies while at the Foundation.
Prior to his appointment at the Foundation, Mr. Daniels served for nine years as Tulane University's Assistant Vice-President and Executive Director of State and Local Affairs. Before that, he cuts his public policy and community engagement teeth as an Urban Policy Specialist and Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Mayor, Division of Federal and State Programs for the City of New Orleans.
In his civic capacity, Mr. Daniels currently serves as Ex-officio and Policy Committee Chair of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans Board of Directors where he was honored with the first-ever Distinguished Service Award for Board leadership after serving five years as the post-Katrina Chair leading critical recovery efforts. Mr. Daniels is also: a founding member and Board Chairman of the Orleans Public Education Network; a Mayoral-appointed Commissioner for the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority; a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Funders Network; steering committee member of the first-of-its-kind New Orleans White House Local Resource Network; an advisory member of the ResilienceNOLA/100 Resilience Cities Initiative; and, has served as a commissioner of the Mayor's Working Group on Criminal Justice Reform in New Orleans that lead to historic reductions in jail capacities. Mr. Daniels serves as the juvenile justice advocate appointee to the LPDB, appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court's Chief Justice.
Mr. Daniels is a 2013 graduate of the University of Oxford Said Business School's Impact Investing Programme, 2011 Fellow of the Opportunity Agenda Communications Institute, a life Fellow of the Louisiana Effective Leadership Program, an alumnus of Leadership Louisiana and a graduate of the Metropolitan Leadership Forum. Mr. Daniels has an MBA from the A. B. Freeman School of Tulane University, a BA in Biological Sciences from the University of New Orleans, and spent six years doing materials research for the USDA.

Patrick J. Fanning
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Governor
Representing Appellate District 5
Term: 09/27/2016 - 09/26/2017

A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.

Hon. W. Ross Foote
Retired Judge

Appointed by: Chief Justice
Louisiana Supreme Court
Term: 08/01/2016 - 12/31/2018

Admitted to the Bar in 1979, Ross Foote retired from the Ninth Judicial District Court in 2004 after 13 years on the bench and joined Smith Foote LLP in Alexandria, LA, as a partner dealing exclusively with national class action antitrust cases. He left Smith Foote LLP to join The Patterson Resolution Group, and his primary focus is commercial arbitration and mediation. Today he practices in Shreveport, LA, with W. Ross Foote, LLC.

Mr. Foote also served on the Board of Directors for the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, conducted ADR training programs, including presentations in Canada and England, and participated in several class action antitrust medications. He also currently sits ad hoc for the Shreveport City Court and District Courts of Northwest Louisiana.

In addition to being an AAA Certified Neutral, he has taught courses at the National Judicial College and assisted in the formation of ADR groups in Louisiana. He also served on the Executive Committee for the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Advisory Committee on Technology for the National Center for State Courts.

Mr. Foote received his B.A. degree from Duke University and his J. D. degree from Louisiana State University. He served with the Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court from 1991-2004.

Mr. Foote currently hosts a radio show on the local NPR affiliate called the Better Picture; it is a call-in talk show about photography.

Michael C. Ginart, Jr.
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Governor
Representing Appellate District 4
Term: 09/27/2016 - 09/26/2019

A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.

Willie Hunter, Jr.
Attorney at Law

Appointed by Chief Justice
Louisiana Supreme Court
Term: 08/01/2020 – 07/31/2024

Howard Lawrence
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Governor
Representing: 2nd Appellate Court District
Term: 1/13/2020-9/26/2023

A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.

Donald W. North
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Governor
Representing Appellate District 1
Term: 09/27/2016-09/26/2018

A biography for this Board member will be posted soon.

Chaz Roberts
Attorney at Law

Appointed by: Governor
Representing 3rd Appellate Court District
Term: 10/19/2018 – 9/26/2022

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