Lawyers of Distinction welcomes new member Martin Regan, Esq. of New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Regan has acquired a wealth of experience practicing law in many different courtrooms and jurisdictions. A native Louisianian, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Political Science at the University of Southwest Louisiana in 1973. He earned his law degree at Louisiana State University and was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1975.
Mr. Regan began active duty as a Judge Advocate General (JAG) Captain in the United States Air Force in November 1975, serving as Area Defense Counsel for military forces in the United Kingdom, which led him to try cases in England, Spain, Germany, and Turkey. He also served as a military Administrative Law Judge, prosecutor, and senior defense counsel. In addition to his respected legal work with the military during this time, he spent his evenings teaching business and criminal law for the City College of Chicago and the University of Hartford at extension campuses in the United Kingdom. Upon honorable separation from service in the U.S. Air Force in 1980, Mr. Regan returned to the United States, opening his criminal defense practice in New Orleans.
Mr. Regan has earned a reputation for being an experienced litigator. His defense victories extend well beyond Louisiana state and federal courts to Mississippi, Texas, Colorado, and California. He is in good standing in the Fifth, Ninth, and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Federal Circuit Court of Appeal, the United States Court of Military Appeals, the United Claims Court, and the United States Supreme Court.
A skilled negotiator, Mr. Regan has obtained post-conviction relief for clients based on illegal sentences, defective constitutional waivers, and reversals of convictions on appeal. He appealed and won a groundbreaking case in the United States Supreme Court (Foucha v. Louisiana, 504 U.S. 71) in 1992. Soon after in 1994, he represented Curtis Lee Kyles, establishing a defense that eventually led to the Supreme Court’s reversal of Kyles conviction and established a national standard for pre-trial discovery in criminal cases (Kyles v. Whitley, 514 U.S. 419).
Mr. Regan was selected for inclusion into Trademark’s 2013 – 2014 “Who’s Who in Executives and Professionals” Honors Edition for his accomplishments in the legal profession. He continues to volunteer his services as an educator and speaker, appearing as a panel speaker discussing trial tactics and post-conviction remedies and teaching at Loyola University School of Law. Year after year, Martin E. Regan Jr. has dedicated tireless efforts on behalf of the accused, producing wins for clients in situations that less determined advocates would have considered hopeless.