Meet Channing Phillips

Valuing Diversity

Meet Channing Phillips


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Channing D. Phillips is Counselor to the Attorney General, and also serves as the Executive Director for the Attorney General’s Diversity Management Advisory Council and is the day-to-day coordinator for diversity-management issues within the Department and the Department’s primary contact for external agencies on these issues.

Channing has served the Department of Justice in many capacities over the years, including Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1994, where he prosecuted violent crime, drug trafficking, gun, and fraud offenses in both the Superior Court and the Criminal Divisions. Channing initially joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1990 as a trial attorney with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division.

A native Washingtonian, Channing is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1986 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Following law school, Channing worked for the law firm of Charles Morgan Associates, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., before serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shellie F. Bowers, Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.