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Stanford O. Bardwell, Jr.

U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana
In office

Born July 2, 1940
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Died June 4, 2018 (aged 77)
Baton Rouge
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Leslie Groves Bardwell
Children Brian Bardwell

Patrick Bardwell
Erin Bardwell

Alma mater University of Michigan

Louisiana State University Law Center

Occupation Attorney

United States Air Force veteran

Religion Presbyterian

Stanford O. Bardwell, Jr. (July 2, 1940[1] – June 4, 2018), was an attorney in his native Baton Rouge, Louisiana, who was the U. S. attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana from 1981 to 1986 during the administration of U.S. President Ronald W. Reagan. In 1983, Bardwell prosecuted the counterfeiting case against former Louisiana State University athlete William Abb "Billy" Cannon (1937-2018),[2] who coincidentally died fifteen days before Bardwell's own passing.


One of seven children of Loyola and Stanford Bardwell, Sr., he and all his siblings were all named for prestigious universities, Harvard, Duke, Princeton, Auburn, Cornell, and Tulane. Bardwell attended the business school at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Michigan, and later graduated in 1965 from the LSU Law Center. A participant in the Reserve Officers Training Corps, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force.Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; invalid names, e.g. too many

Bardwell worked in an adult Bible study and prison ministry at the First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge. He was active too in Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge, the Governor's Criminal Justice Commission, Rotary International, and the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce.[2]

He and his wife, the former Leslie Groves (born January 5, 1944),[3] have three children, Brian, Patrick, and Erin.[2]


As U.S. attorney, Bardwell also prosecuted Adler Berriman "Barry Seal (1939-1986), an airline pilot, drug trafficker, and informant who was gunned down in a contract murder at a halfway house. Seal's murder was ordered by Pablo Escobar of the Medellin (Colombia) drug cartel. After five years as U.S. attorney, Bardwell moved to Washington, D.C., to become the deputy general counsel for the United States Energy Department under then secretary John S. Herrington. He held this post from 1986 to 1988, when he returned to the private practice of law in Baton Rouge.[2]

Bardwell was an early [[Republican Party|Republican activist in the capital city. He worked strenuously in 1975 to elect Republican William Henson Moore, III, to fill Louisiana s 6th congressional district seat, a post which Moore held for twelve years until 1987. Moore left the House to run, unsuccessfully as it developed, for the United States Senate against the Democrat John Breaux to fill the seat of the retiring Democrat Russell Long.

Bardwell died at his Baton Rouge home just days before his 78th birthday.


  1. Stanford Bardwell. Mylife.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2018.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Emma Dischler (June 9, 2018). Former U.S. Attorney Stanford Bardwell, Jr., who prosecuted Barry Seal, Billy Cannon cases, dies. The Baton Rouge Advocate. Retrieved on June 11, 2018.
  3. Leslie Bardwell. Mylife.com. Retrieved on June 11, 2018.