BRADENTON, Fla. – Butler Snow LLP has hired former U.S. Sen. David Vitter as an attorney to work in the firm’s New Orleans’ office.

Vitter’s practice areas include public finance and tax credits, although his main focus will be on business and economic development in the energy sector.

Former U.S. Senator David Vitter has joined Butler Snow as an attorney in the firm’s New Orleans’ office.
Former U.S. Senator David Vitter has joined Butler Snow as an attorney in the firm’s New Orleans’ office.

“David has a long and successful track record as a legislator and political leader,” said the firm’s chairman, Donald Clark Jr. “His significant experience, especially in helping lead major public policy and economic development initiatives, makes him a really valuable addition to Butler Snow in Louisiana."

In addition to his new job at Butler Snow, Vitter will continue working as vice chairman of Mercury Public Affairs, a global public strategy firm whose work includes government relations, crisis management and political consulting. Vitter leads the development of Mercury’s Gulf South operations.

Vitter represented Louisiana as a Republican for 12 years in the U.S. Senate and five years in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Before that, he was a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives and a business litigation attorney.

After a failed bid to become Louisiana’s governor in 2015, he announced he would not seek reelection to the U.S. Senate. His final term ended early this year.

Vitter received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a master's degree from Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar. He received a law degree from Tulane Law School.

He has also been an adjunct professor at Tulane and Loyola Law Schools.

Butler Snow, a full-service law firm, has more than 40 attorneys in its public finance, tax incentives and credit markets group, the firm said.

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