Jesse is a trial lawyer who focuses on white-collar criminal defense, internal investigations, and complex commercial litigation around the country. Jesse founded SouthBank Legal’s white-collar practice and represents companies and individuals at all stages of investigation, litigation, and appeal. Jesse’s clients have included multiple Fortune 500 companies and corporate executives. He has tried several dozen federal cases to jury verdict and has handled numerous appeals, including successful arguments in state and federal appellate courts.
Previously, Jesse practiced at AmLaw 100 firms in Indiana and Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Indiana. During his 13 years as a federal prosecutor, Jesse led investigations into a wide variety of white-collar cases, including commercial fraud, complex tax violations, fraud involving Reports of Foreign Bank and Financial Accounts (FBARs), tax-preparer fraud, securities fraud, student loan fraud, insurance fraud, mail and wire fraud, bankruptcy fraud, fraud by government contractors, and public corruption. Jesse held a Top Secret security clearance and received awards for his service from multiple federal agencies.
Jesse has served as an adjunct professor at the Notre Dame Law School, where he has taught in the areas of trial skills and criminal law. He also has coached high school mock trial, and his teams have won state tournaments and competed in the national competition. Jesse is a member of the Edward Bennett Williams American Inn of Court, an invitation-only professional organization focusing on white-collar practice.
In previous cases, Jesse has:
- Defended an individual in a month-long federal trial concerning allegations of financial crimes and election fraud. The conviction was ultimately reversed on appeal.
- Represented a Fortune 500 media company in connection with alleged corruption involving media rights for international soccer tournaments.
- Defended two Fortune 500 pharmaceutical companies in federal and state investigations concerning alleged violations of anti-kickback and other statutes. The companies successfully avoided any charges or administrative sanction.
- Obtained dismissal of a federal indictment charging international parental kidnapping. This enabled the parent to avoid charges, travel internationally, and maintain custody of children without any public disclosure of the criminal charges.
- Represented an individual in a federal investigation concerning alleged violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. This matter involves the sale of military and industrial equipment in a foreign country.
- Led the team defending a former company president in multiple civil and criminal matters regarding the alleged misappropriation of over $100 million. This case involved negotiations with multiple financial institutions to obtain payment of hundreds of millions of dollars in payroll and other expenses.
- Represented a former executive of a Fortune 100 medical company in civil and potential criminal matters. The client was never charged or otherwise sanctioned.
- Counseled a Fortune 500 healthcare company in internal audits and external investigations regarding manufacturing practices.
- Assisted a Fortune 100 company in recovering funds stolen internationally. This required coordination and cooperation from law enforcement agencies and international financial institutions.
- Represented a doctor at sentencing following a conviction for the doctor’s alleged role in a $150 million scheme to dispense unnecessary opioids in one of the largest federal opioid prosecutions.
- Represented a healthcare provider in a dispute over the confidentiality of records, including successfully arguing the appeal before the Indiana Supreme Court.
- Defended a Fortune 25 financial services company against government efforts to obtain its records through subpoenas.
- Counseled healthcare companies in responding to federal grand jury subpoenas, including structuring productions to avoid follow-up requests and further dedication of corporate resources.
- Served as an expert witness on behalf of an AmLaw 100 firm regarding claims of attorney misconduct in a federal criminal prosecution. The claims were ultimately rejected and the attorney was vindicated.
- Defended the former president of a publicly traded company against tort and contract claims brought by previous employer. The case involved extensive discovery, including a three-day Rule 12(b)(6) deposition and hundreds of millions of dollars in claimed damages.
- Represented individuals and entities in disputes, litigation, and administrative proceedings regarding the financing, development, and operation of a $300 million casino complex.
- Represented an event promoter against claims of fraud by former business partners.
- Represented a Fortune 100 company in concerns regarding the impact on its business of environmental hazards from an industrial site.
- Defended a Berkshire Hathaway company in an employment discrimination trial in federal court, obtaining a complete jury verdict for the defense.
- Represented an advertiser asserting constitutional claims against a municipality for restrictions on its business.
- Advised a Fortune 25 petroleum producer in a regulatory proceeding concerning the allocation of proceeds from the Alaskan oil pipeline.
- Represented a national railroad in a multimillion-dollar contract dispute with a customer.
- Counseled a trade group in a dispute with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- Represented African American farmers, on a pro bono basis, who alleged that they were discriminated against in the provision of farm loans.
- Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude
- Editor in Chief, Notre Dame Law Review
- University of Notre Dame, B.A., magna cum laude
- Member, Phi Beta Kappa
- Washington, D.C.
- U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Maryland
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Selected Case Coverage
- Jesse Barrett Leads SouthBank Legal’s DC Expansion, Wise, J., Law360, Oct. 28, 2021
- Investor Dispute May Imperil Hard Rock Casino License Renewal, Carden, D., Northwest Indiana Times, June 13, 2021
- Victims in Elkhart Businessman’s Alleged Fraud Could Soon Recoup Their Losses, Sheckler, C., South Bend Tribune, Mar. 30, 2021
- Indiana Gaming Commission Reaches Settlement with Casino Magnate Rod Ratcliff, Magdaleno, J., Indianapolis Star, Mar. 3, 2021
- Rod Ratcliff Sues Indiana Gaming Commission in Response to License Suspension, Bittenbender, S., Casino.org, Jan. 20, 2021
- Auction of Rare Autos Once Owned by Businessman Nets $44M, Associated Press, Nov. 1, 2020
- Jury Rejects Retaliation Claim by Forest River Worker Called Gay, Bloomberg Law, Oct. 1, 2020
- Elkhart Company Founder Accused of Fraud Had $98 Million Fortune, Including 281 Vehicles, Bauer, C., South Bend Tribune, Nov. 26, 2019
- KeyCorp Shares Fall After the Bank Uncovers $90 Million Fraud by Payrolls Processor, Imbert, F., CNBC, July 16, 2019
- KeyBank Defrauded by Business Customer, Suit Says; Could Lose Up to $200 Million, Dixon Murray, T., The Plain Dealer, July 7, 2019
- Lippert Components Files Lawsuit Against Its Former President, BusinessWire, Jan. 22, 2019
- Feds Charge 7 with $132M Medicare Fraud, Rahal, S. & Snell, R., The Detroit News, July 12, 2017
- Court Dismisses Suit Against Government from IRS Search That Led to Suicide, Reilly, P., Forbes, Mar. 17, 2015
- Sentencing of Indianapolis Attorney Paul Page in Federal Wire-Fraud Case a Fateful Twist, Evans, T., Indianapolis Star, Nov. 3, 2013
- Bales Trial in Jury’s Hands After Colorful Closings, Schouten, C., Indianapolis Business Journal, Feb. 7, 2013
- Indianapolis Attorney Pleads Guilty in Deal with Prosecutors, Schouten, C., The Indiana Lawyer, Jan. 4, 2013
- Seventh Circuit Affirms Lower Court in Elaborate Mortgage Fraud Case, Montgomery, J., The Indiana Lawyer, June 1, 2012
- Warnings About Broker’s Tactics Went Unheeded, Schouten, C., Indianapolis Business Journal, Dec. 19, 2011
- Munster Man Gets Seven Years in Dental Plan Fraud, Northwest Indiana Times, Mar. 25, 2011
- Tax Charges Against Indiana Man Who Sued Over Suicide, Galer, S., WTHR, Apr. 16, 2010
- Where Prosecutors Say Votes Are Sold, Dao, J., New York Times, Aug. 29, 2004
- Judge Won’t Release Records in Murder Case, Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 21, 2003