U.S. attorney goes private | Arkansas Blog

Monday, December 8, 2008

U.S. attorney goes private

Posted By on Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 10:14 AM

A change in administration typically means a new team of U.S. attorneys around the country, so it's not a surprise that Robert Balfe, the U.S. attorney in Fort Smith, is making a career change. He'll be joining Little Rock's Mitchell firm to lead a new government investigations and white collar crime team.

There are certainly numerous members of the outgoing administration -- and those who benefitted from Bush era lawlessness -- that I'd like to see in need of an attorney.

SUCCESSOR? Who knows. Here's one name, Conner Eldridge, an Arkadelphia banker and former Blanche Lincoln staffer. The Western District covers half of Arkansas. It is not foreordained that the seat go to a NWA lawyer, particularly given what that part of the state has done for Democrats.


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 8, 2008) – U.S. Attorney Robert C. Balfe will join Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, P.L.L.C., a Little Rock-based law firm with offices in Arkansas, Austin and New York , effective Jan. 5 to lead its new Government Investigations, Enforcement and White Collar Crime team. The practice will focus on white collar crime, government and internal corporate investigations, immigration, fraud, false claims and commercial litigation. 

Balfe served four years of public service in the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Western District of Arkansas before stepping down this month. He has directed the prosecution of federal crimes including mail and wire fraud, public corruption, child pornography, firearms violations, narcotics trafficking, corporate fraud, and terrorism financing.

“Bob’s in-depth understanding of the issues involved in criminal cases will enable him to provide comprehensive and strategic counsel and representation to our clients,” Mitchell Williams Managing Director Harry Hamlin said. “He is highly respected for his outstanding record as a federal prosecutor and his ability to be measured and fair. He is an important addition to our firm.”

During his tenure, Balfe implemented an aggressive initiative against child predators. Designated “Project Safe Childhood”, this initiative partnered the United States Attorney’s Office with federal, state, and local law enforcement to track down and prosecute child sex predators and child pornographers. During the past four years, indictments for Project Safe Childhood crimes have increased 800%.

In 2008, Balfe’s office joined with the Internal Revenue Service to initiate a new task force dedicated to identifying and prosecuting those committing financial crimes and, under his direction, also emphasized the prosecution of violent crime, drug trafficking, white collar fraud, and immigration violations.

“In making the transition from government service to private practice, I sought an opportunity that would draw on the full range of my skills and experience,” Balfe said.  “Mitchell Williams' prominent litigation group and commitment to expand to meet the needs and demands of today’s global business climate made it an obvious choice for me.”

As United States Attorney, Balfe also served as Chairman of the Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, a group of 30 United States Attorneys across the country focusing on the Department of Justice’s efforts against drug trafficking. Additionally, he served as Chairman of the Methamphetamine Working Group and was a member of the Border and Immigration Subcommittee and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.

 Prior to his term, he was the elected prosecuting attorney for Benton County from 2001 to 2004.


From the ArkTimes store


Comments (5)

Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-5 of 5

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Anybody around?

    The Thanksgiving open line.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • Turkeys rescued in Yellville enjoy their Thanksgiving

    Farm Sanctuary, an animal protection organization, sends word that four turkeys rescued from the Yellville Turkey Trot after the annual drops from buildings and an airplane will enjoy Thanksgiving in friendlier places
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • The New Orleans charter school 'miracle'? It's a ruse

    The New Orleans Tribune has a devastating piece of editorial commentary, based on local reporting and test scores, that lays bare the depiction of the charterization of New Orleans public schools 12 years ago as a miracle of the "reform" movement.
    • Nov 23, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Judge anticipates punishment of lawyers in Fort Smith class action case

    Federal Judge P.K. Holmes of Fort Smith issued a 32-page ruling yesterday indicating he contemplates punishment of 16 lawyers who moved a class action lawsuit against an insurance company out of his court to a state court in Polk County after a settlement had been worked out.
    • Apr 15, 2016
  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Goof....did you enjoy your time living and working in NYC? It sounds like you were…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • Great story mountaingirl. I spent a lot of time at that sight in the 80s…

    • on November 23, 2017
  • Re: Anybody around?

    • I'm thankful I have not flown since July 2001. Flying used to be fun, and…

    • on November 23, 2017



© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation