“My expertise in the U.S. Federal Court system is a valuable addition to Team Regan.”
David L. Arena was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. After graduating from Brother Martin High School with honors, Mr. Arena enrolled at the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL), in Lafayette, Louisiana. There he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Political Science, in 1986. He obtained his law degree from Louisiana State University (LSU) Law School, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1989. Mr. Arena was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in October 1989.
Mr. David L. Arena has more than 25 years of experience in the criminal justice system after having served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and as a Federal Probation Officer, in the Eastern District of Louisiana, in New Orleans.
As a former prosecutor, Mr. David L. Arena worked in various divisions at the District Attorney’s Office, including trials, screening, juvenile, magistrate, child support, and appeals. Mr. Arena has tried over 100 cases and written hundreds of appellate briefs. He has also argued before, and filed briefs with the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a former United States Probation Officer, Mr. Arena held the position as Federal Sentencing Guidelines Specialist and prepared approximately 1,000 pre-sentence reports. In his position, Mr. David L. Arena conducted training for, and regularly consulted with Assistant U.S. Attorneys, criminal defense attorneys, and federal judges. The majority of reports prepared by Mr. Arena involved high profile offenders, white-collar offenses, and very complex sentencing guidelines issues. Mr. Arena is highly respected in the legal community for his knowledge on federal sentencing issues.
Mr. Arena is a member in good standing with the Louisiana State Bar, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.