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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • The George Washington University
      J.D., with honors, 2000
    • Millsaps College
      B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997
    • East Central Community College
      A.A., ECCC Hall of Fame, 1995
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Mississippi
    • District of Columbia
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Mississippi Supreme Court
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
    • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
    • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • CLERKSHIP+

In litigation, experience is key. Mike Hurst optimizes his in-depth knowledge of the court system, investigative and prosecutorial agencies, the regulatory arena, and the public policy realm to help clients facing government investigations, enforcement actions, regulatory matters, general litigation and policy issues. He was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 2017-2021, and with over 20 years of experience before judges, juries and policy makers, handling some of the largest and most high-profile cases in Mississippi, he's known for untangling the most complex legal issues. 

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In litigation, experience is key. Mike Hurst optimizes his in-depth knowledge of the court system, investigative and prosecutorial agencies, the regulatory arena, and the public policy realm to help clients facing government investigations, enforcement actions, regulatory matters, general litigation and policy issues. He was the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi from 2017-2021, and with over 20 years of experience before judges, juries and policy makers, handling some of the largest and most high-profile cases in Mississippi, he's known for untangling the most complex legal issues. 

Mike guides his clients through all phases of litigation on a range of issues involving:

  • False Claims Act
  • Governmental investigations
  • Regulatory enforcement actions
  • Health care fraud claims
  • Corporate compliance
  • Whistleblower complaints
  • White collar criminal defense 

As U.S. Attorney, Mike was described as a “hard charger,” leading efforts to combat violent crime, human trafficking and public corruption, among many other issues, throughout Mississippi. He almost tripled prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office over a three-year period, resulting in the most indictments and federal defendants indicted in a one-year period in Mississippi history. He created innovative and national award-winning crime-fighting solutions, like “Project EJECT,” and he established the first statewide, multilevel and multidisciplinary human trafficking body, the Mississippi Human Trafficking Council, to comprehensively and holistically address this criminal scourge.

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mike oversaw some of the biggest cases in Mississippi history: the largest health care fraud scheme (Wade Walters, et. al.), the largest Ponzi scheme (Lamar Adams), the largest False Claims Act health care fraud settlement (Region 8), and the largest nursing home False Claim Act settlement (Hyperion). In addition, as Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the Southern District, Mike coordinated the largest single-state immigration worksite enforcement operation in our nation’s history, involving hundreds of federal law enforcement agents covering seven different locations operated by multiple companies.

Mike’s no show pony – he’s a work horse. Before his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mike was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi for more than eight years. He handled some of the most difficult and complex cases in that office, dealing with white collar crimes, public corruption and financial fraud, including numerous jury trials before almost every federal judge in the Southern District.

He also has experience in the private sector. He has practiced law in Washington, D.C., and more recently served as a litigator and general counsel for a nonprofit. He also has extensive experience in public policy, having served as the Legislative Director to a U.S. Congressman and as Counsel to the House Judiciary Committee.

He has worked on all sides of the legal, regulatory, investigative, prosecutorial and policy spectrum. The incredible insight gained from this varied experience enables him to find a path forward for clients, no matter how complicated the case.

Experience

  • Served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous federal jury trials.
  • Oversaw prosecution of the largest health care fraud scheme in Mississippi history, involving over $1 billion in fraud and more than 25 defendants, including business owners, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and others (Wade Walters, et. al.).
  • Managed prosecution of the largest Ponzi scheme in Mississippi history (Lamar Adams).
  • Supervised the two largest False Claims Act settlements in their respective categories in Mississippi history: health care fraud (Region 8) and nursing home fraud (Hyperion).
  • Represented a newspaper in lawsuit involving city leaders’ violation of Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act, resulting in favorable unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court decision addressing novel question of law (City of Columbus v. The Commercial Dispatch).
  • Prosecuted heads of state agencies, consultants, a judge, mayors, sheriff’s deputies, a police chief, correctional officers and many others relating to bribery, government theft, extortion and honest services fraud.
  • Prosecuted two attorneys for committing the largest commercial mortgage fraud case in Mississippi history (US v. Charles and Chris Evans), encompassing over $80 million dollars’ worth of loans and involving almost 30 shell or fictitious corporations created by the defendants to launder their illegal proceeds, adversely affecting almost 50 financial institutions, local governments and hundreds of parcels of land in Mississippi and Texas.
  • Prosecuted one of the largest fuel card frauds in our nation’s history at the time, using various Voyager Fleet Fuel Cards over 10,000 times to purchase over $600,000 worth of gasoline and other items (US v. Cathy Jackson and Anthony Moore).
  • Led first successful prosecution of owners and companies in Mississippi for criminal violations of federal immigration laws (US v. David Chen, et. al.).
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as Acting Criminal Chief (2012), District Election Officer, International Affairs Coordinator, Financial Fraud Coordinator and many other roles in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Insights

Publications
  • “A Safe Jackson Begins With Strong Law Enforcement and Local Leadership,” The Clarion Ledger, (October 2020)
  • “Vigilance Needed to Protect Constitution During Crisis,” The Neshoba Democrat, (May 2020)
  • "Our Constitutional Rights Do Not End at Jackson’s City Limits,” The Clarion Ledger, (April 2020)
  • “I’m Ready to Protect Our Citizens From Scams and Predators During COVID-19,” Sun Herald, (April 2020)
  • "Project EJECT: A Whole Different Ballgame in Fighting Violent Crime in the City of Jackson" Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Vol. 66, No. 6, (November 2018)
  • “Mississippi’s Secret Plan to Raise Taxes,” The Clarion Ledger, (May 2017)
  • "Is the Long Arm of the Law Shrinking? Geographic Boundaries for the Approval of Wiretaps and Bugs and the Shifting Jurisdictional Reach of Federal Judges to Authorize Electronic Surveillance," Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, Vol. 17, Issue 1, (February 2016)
  • "Chaidez v. United States and the Non-Retroactivity of New Rules in Criminal Law", Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, Vol. 15, Issue 1, (February 2014)
  • "Civil and Criminal Remedies for Illegal Employment of Aliens," Immigration Law Manuel, U.S. Department of Justice, 2013 (Chapter 12, Department of Justice immigration treatise)
  • "Surface Transportation Regulatory Roller Coaster," 73 J. Transp. L. Logist. & Pol'y 180 (2006)
Speaking Engagements
  • Madison County Business League & Foundation Business Briefing, (February 2021) Speaker
  • "Law Enforcement and Community Collaboration," National Conference of United States Attorneys, (2020) Panelist
  • “The Department of Justice’s China Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, (Ridgeland, MS, 2019) Presenter
  • “Federal Criminal Law Update,” Pine Belt Legal Professionals and Jones County Bar Association, (Laurel, MS, 2019) Presenter
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, (2019) Speaker
  • “Worksite Enforcement Investigations and Prosecutions,” Homeland Security Investigations and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agents and Attorneys Training, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, (Brunswick, GA, 2018) Co-Presenter
  • Mississippi Sheriffs Association, (2018-2020) Speaker
  • Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, (2018-2020) Speaker
  • “Public Corruption in Mississippi: How U.S. Attorney’s Offices and State Auditors Collaborate Effectively,” National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers 2018 NSAA Conference (Biloxi, MS) Presenter
  • “Public Corruption in Mississippi,” Mississippi Crime Stoppers Training Conference 2017, (Biloxi, MS) Presenter
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association - President, Mississippi Chapter (2016)
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Federalist Society - Executive Committee, Criminal Law Practice Group

Recognition

  • Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force for “Project EJECT,” 2018 Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference (2018)
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Prosecution of Fraud and Service to Fraud Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of the United States Attorneys (2014)
  • 2011 Executive Associate Director’s Exemplary Partnership Award, Homeland Security Investigations (2012)
  • Honorary Special Agent Award for Outstanding Performance, Contributions and Commitment to the IRS Criminal Division, New Orleans Field Office, Internal Revenue Service (2011)
  • James F. Bromley Award for Editorial Excellence by the Association for Transportation Law Professionals, for Surface Transportation Regulatory Roller Coaster, 73 J. TRANSP. L. LOGIST. & POL'Y 180 (2006)

Education

  • The George Washington University
    J.D., with honors, 2000
  • Millsaps College
    B.S. in Political Science, magna cum laude, 1997
  • East Central Community College
    A.A., ECCC Hall of Fame, 1995

Admissions

  • Mississippi
  • District of Columbia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Mississippi Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi
  • District of Columbia Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Served as lead counsel or co-counsel in numerous federal jury trials.
  • Oversaw prosecution of the largest health care fraud scheme in Mississippi history, involving over $1 billion in fraud and more than 25 defendants, including business owners, doctors, pharmacists, nurses and others (Wade Walters, et. al.).
  • Managed prosecution of the largest Ponzi scheme in Mississippi history (Lamar Adams).
  • Supervised the two largest False Claims Act settlements in their respective categories in Mississippi history: health care fraud (Region 8) and nursing home fraud (Hyperion).
  • Represented a newspaper in lawsuit involving city leaders’ violation of Mississippi’s Open Meetings Act, resulting in favorable unanimous Mississippi Supreme Court decision addressing novel question of law (City of Columbus v. The Commercial Dispatch).
  • Prosecuted heads of state agencies, consultants, a judge, mayors, sheriff’s deputies, a police chief, correctional officers and many others relating to bribery, government theft, extortion and honest services fraud.
  • Prosecuted two attorneys for committing the largest commercial mortgage fraud case in Mississippi history (US v. Charles and Chris Evans), encompassing over $80 million dollars’ worth of loans and involving almost 30 shell or fictitious corporations created by the defendants to launder their illegal proceeds, adversely affecting almost 50 financial institutions, local governments and hundreds of parcels of land in Mississippi and Texas.
  • Prosecuted one of the largest fuel card frauds in our nation’s history at the time, using various Voyager Fleet Fuel Cards over 10,000 times to purchase over $600,000 worth of gasoline and other items (US v. Cathy Jackson and Anthony Moore).
  • Led first successful prosecution of owners and companies in Mississippi for criminal violations of federal immigration laws (US v. David Chen, et. al.).
  • As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, served as Acting Criminal Chief (2012), District Election Officer, International Affairs Coordinator, Financial Fraud Coordinator and many other roles in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Publications
  • “A Safe Jackson Begins With Strong Law Enforcement and Local Leadership,” The Clarion Ledger, (October 2020)
  • “Vigilance Needed to Protect Constitution During Crisis,” The Neshoba Democrat, (May 2020)
  • "Our Constitutional Rights Do Not End at Jackson’s City Limits,” The Clarion Ledger, (April 2020)
  • “I’m Ready to Protect Our Citizens From Scams and Predators During COVID-19,” Sun Herald, (April 2020)
  • "Project EJECT: A Whole Different Ballgame in Fighting Violent Crime in the City of Jackson" Department of Justice Journal of Federal Law and Practice, Vol. 66, No. 6, (November 2018)
  • “Mississippi’s Secret Plan to Raise Taxes,” The Clarion Ledger, (May 2017)
  • "Is the Long Arm of the Law Shrinking? Geographic Boundaries for the Approval of Wiretaps and Bugs and the Shifting Jurisdictional Reach of Federal Judges to Authorize Electronic Surveillance," Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, Vol. 17, Issue 1, (February 2016)
  • "Chaidez v. United States and the Non-Retroactivity of New Rules in Criminal Law", Engage: The Journal of the Federalist Society Practice Groups, Vol. 15, Issue 1, (February 2014)
  • "Civil and Criminal Remedies for Illegal Employment of Aliens," Immigration Law Manuel, U.S. Department of Justice, 2013 (Chapter 12, Department of Justice immigration treatise)
  • "Surface Transportation Regulatory Roller Coaster," 73 J. Transp. L. Logist. & Pol'y 180 (2006)
Speaking Engagements
  • Madison County Business League & Foundation Business Briefing, (February 2021) Speaker
  • "Law Enforcement and Community Collaboration," National Conference of United States Attorneys, (2020) Panelist
  • “The Department of Justice’s China Initiative, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, (Ridgeland, MS, 2019) Presenter
  • “Federal Criminal Law Update,” Pine Belt Legal Professionals and Jones County Bar Association, (Laurel, MS, 2019) Presenter
  • Mississippi Prosecutors Association, (2019) Speaker
  • “Worksite Enforcement Investigations and Prosecutions,” Homeland Security Investigations and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agents and Attorneys Training, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, (Brunswick, GA, 2018) Co-Presenter
  • Mississippi Sheriffs Association, (2018-2020) Speaker
  • Mississippi Association of Chiefs of Police, (2018-2020) Speaker
  • “Public Corruption in Mississippi: How U.S. Attorney’s Offices and State Auditors Collaborate Effectively,” National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers 2018 NSAA Conference (Biloxi, MS) Presenter
  • “Public Corruption in Mississippi,” Mississippi Crime Stoppers Training Conference 2017, (Biloxi, MS) Presenter
News
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association - President, Mississippi Chapter (2016)
  • National Association of Former United States Attorneys
  • Federalist Society - Executive Committee, Criminal Law Practice Group
  • Outstanding Overall Partnership/Task Force for “Project EJECT,” 2018 Department of Justice Project Safe Neighborhoods National Conference (2018)
  • Director’s Award for Outstanding Prosecution of Fraud and Service to Fraud Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office of the United States Attorneys (2014)
  • 2011 Executive Associate Director’s Exemplary Partnership Award, Homeland Security Investigations (2012)
  • Honorary Special Agent Award for Outstanding Performance, Contributions and Commitment to the IRS Criminal Division, New Orleans Field Office, Internal Revenue Service (2011)
  • James F. Bromley Award for Editorial Excellence by the Association for Transportation Law Professionals, for Surface Transportation Regulatory Roller Coaster, 73 J. TRANSP. L. LOGIST. & POL'Y 180 (2006)