John Terzaken III, Director of Criminal Enforcement
John “T.J.” Terzaken became the Director of Criminal Enforcement in October 2010. Along with Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Criminal Enforcement Scott Hammond, Terzaken is responsible for the Antitrust Division’s criminal enforcement program nationwide. Together, they oversee and approve investigations and prosecutions recommended by the eight Division offices responsible for criminal antitrust enforcement, including the Washington, D.C.-based National Criminal Enforcement Section and the Atlanta, Chicago, Cleveland, Dallas, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco field offices. He also serves as a liaison with State, Federal, and foreign law enforcement authorities on criminal matters.
As director, Terzaken has emphasized bringing greater efficiency to the development and prosecution of criminal antitrust cases. He implemented a case management system designed to provide staff and management with the tools and real time information they need to make critical decisions on case and investigation strategy, prioritization, and resource allocation.
Before becoming director, Terzaken spent six years in the National Criminal Enforcement Section (NCES), four as a trial attorney and two as assistant chief. He joined the Division in 2004, after four years in private practice. Terzaken was no stranger, however, to the Division at the time. Before applying to law school, he spent a year working for the Division as an honors program paralegal in what was then the Litigation I section and is now NCES. Proving the “small world” adage true, as a paralegal, Terzaken worked on criminal cases with then trial attorney Scott Hammond. It was during his tenure as a paralegal that Terzaken found his interest in criminal antitrust enforcement. “Seeing the passion and dedication the lawyers I met at the Division had for their work made me want to pursue antitrust law and hope to return to prosecute my own antitrust cases one day,” said Terzaken.
Terzaken cites his development of the Economic Recovery Initiative as one of his most rewarding contributions to the Antitrust Division’s mission to date. He developed the Recovery Initiative following passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Recovery Initiative is designed to protect these funds from falling victim to fraud by providing training to procurement and grant officials on preventing, detecting, and reporting potential antitrust and other procurement frauds. A working group, co-chaired by Terzaken and trial attorney Kate Patchen from the Division’s San Francisco field office, conducted training for more than 25,000 individuals from 20 Federal agencies. Terzaken’s development and management of the Recovery Initiative was recognized by the Department with an Attorney General’s Award in 2010.
Outside of work, Terzaken is an active father of three children and a devoted community advocate. He is currently serving as a district commissioner on the Transportation Advisory Commission for the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors in Virginia.
Terzaken earned his J.D. in 2000 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review. He received his B.A., magna cum laude, from American University in 1996.