L. F. Stephens
Commercial, Law & Equity Enquiries - Civil & Criminal Litigation Support
Louis F. Stephens
Louis F. Stephens spent eighteen years as a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, before founding the firm in 1987. He is a graduate of the St. Louis University (BA, Political Science & History, 1967) and completed one year at the St. Louis University Law School (1967-68), while serving as a sworn officer with the St. Louis Police Department. 
 
Between 1971 and 1978, he served as a Special Agent with the FBI offices in Atlanta and Savannah, Georgia. There, he handled a wide range of criminal investigations and was ultimately assigned additional administrative duties as the Principal Relief Supervisor for the Special Agent-In-Charge and as the liaison with local law enforcement agencies. Of particular importance with respect to those skills which are germane to an IPSIG assignment was experience in Savannah with the emerging federal organized crime and money laundering programs. He was the local case agent for the UNIRAC undercover labor racketeering project; one of the first and most important investigative projects of its kind in the evolving organized crime program of that era. That particular facet of the investigation was the first to generate a successful prosecution of the ILA leadership for systematic extortion of the containerized stevedoring industry.  
 
Also of relevance to the ISPIG area was experience with the first joint agency task force on Medicare Fraud. This involved specialized training from the Inspector General of HEW and service as the liaison coordinator with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Savannah-Augusta area.  
 
Between 1978 and 1980, Mr. Stephens was assigned to FBI headquarters in Washington. There, he had supervisory responsibility for the then newly evolving program against international terrorism — particularly that involving Iran, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Red Brigade, and the IRA. This resulted in a further assignment as a counter-intelligence supervisor in New York City between 1980 and 1987, with responsibilities for the development and management of an innovative program to detect and prosecute acts of espionage and international terrorism in eight specific categories. This included such diverse and sensitive matters as the crisis intervention with respect to the terrorist hijackings of TWA Flight 843 and the Achille Lauro, the sophisticated money laundering and arms smuggling investigations of domestic-based Iranian terrorists, and the evaluation and formulation of a response to Libyan threats against the President. Among other significant achievements, that program resulted in the first major domestic prosecution of an international terrorist organization on arms smuggling charges, involving source and application of funds proof — for which the prosecution received recognition through the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award. The development and management of that program also involved extensive contacts with counterparts and officials in Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland, Portugal, Holland, Germany, Africa (Chad, Congo, Zaire), France, Poland, Russia (Moscow and Leningrad), Singapore, and locations in the Caribbean.  
 
After founding the firm, he completed the required course of study to become a Certified Fraud Examiner and has maintained that certification throughout the years by successfully completing the prescribed course of study, the most recent session of which was conducted earlier this year in Philadelphia. On May 4, 1996, he was awarded the designation of Certified Protection Professional by the American Society for Industrial Security. He regularly consults with Fortune 500 firms on issues relating to plant protection, protection of intellectual property, industrial espionage, officer integrity, foreign corrupt practices, and crisis management. This supplements ten years experience with matters involving insurance fraud, medicare fraud, and corporate officer misconduct.