Robin Ashton became the head of the Office of Professional Responsibility in January, 2011. Ms. Ashton began her career at the Department in the litigation section of the Antitrust Division.
She was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia in January, 1991, where she worked until January, 2011. For over a decade, she handled numerous complex appeals in the D.C. Circuit and the D.C. Court of Appeals, prosecuted over 50 felony jury trials and supervised hundreds of grand jury investigations. She then served for five years as the Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney for Management, where she managed and provided oversight in significant civil and criminal cases and special operations. The USAO-DC is the nation's largest U.S. Attorney's Office, with over 700 employees.
Ms. Ashton served on detail as the Deputy Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) at the Department from 2001 to 2005, where she worked closely with the 94 U.S. Attorneys' Offices and provided oversight of the litigation divisions and operational components. From 2005-2006 she served a one-year detail to the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Ms. Ashton was awarded the Attorney General's Claudia J. Flynn Award for Professional Responsibility in 2013. She received the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Leadership in Management in 2010. She also was the recipient of the United States Attorney's Award for Meritorious Service in 2010. In 2004, Ms. Ashton received EOUSA's Director's Award for Executive Achievement.
Ms. Ashton received her B.A. in English from the University of Michigan, and her J.D. from the College of William and Mary, Marshall-Wythe School of Law.