Marla Thompson Poirot



Marla Thompson Poirot is a trial lawyer who is part of Foley Gardere’s white collar litigation practice. Marla focuses her practice on white collar criminal defense, represents primarily Texas-based individuals and corporations throughout the United States and abroad in white collar matters. She is well-equipped for handling internal investigations, as well as defending against high-stakes governmental investigations and prosecutions involving complex criminal and regulatory issues.

Marla’s experience and expertise as a white collar lawyer includes environmental-related matters, securities fraud and other issues facing the energy and health care industries. These matters often involve the Office of Foreign Assets Control regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and various U.S. export controls and sanctions programs, and they include general compliance program drafting, design, implementation, training and evaluation. She is experienced in representing companies as well as individual officers or employees being investigated or potentially charged in the context of a larger criminal investigation.

With her years of being in the courtroom as a white collar lawyer, clients value Marla’s insight on governmental officials, the local judiciary and specific criminal procedures in Houston, Harris County and throughout Texas. They also appreciate her extensive behind-the-scenes investigative experience and analysis, and clients can expect a high level of legal analysis and defense, as well as superior briefing skills.

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • White Collar Committee
    • Young Lawyers Subcommittee
  • Founding Member, Women's White Collar Defense Association, Houston Chapter
  • Member, Texas Young Lawyers Association
  • Member, Houston Bar Association
    • Environmental Law Section
  • Member, Houston Young Lawyers Association
    • Chair, Advocacy for Children Committee (2001)
  • Fellow, Houston Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

  • Lifetime Member, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (2001-present)
    • Committeeman, Quarter Horse Committee (2009-present)
    • Committeeman, Appaloosa Committee (2005-2009)

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized, Texas Rising Star by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, as published in Texas Super Lawyers Magazine
    • Criminal Defense: White Collar (2004-2006)
  • Recognized, Houston Top Lawyers, H Texas Magazine
    • Criminal Defense/White Collar (2006-2008, 2011)


  • J.D., Columbia Law School, (1995)
    • Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar
    • Member, Columbia Journal of Environmental Law
    • Member, Columbia Journal of Gender and Law
    • Chair, Associates Hiring Committee, Columbia Law School
  • B.S., Texas A&M University, (1992), summa cum laude


  • Texas (1995)
  • Texas State Courts (1995)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas (1999)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (2001)