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Meet The U.S. Attorney

On April 9, 2013, David Rivera took office as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.
David Rivera

David Rivera served as a federal prosecutor for nearly two decades before he was appointed by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee.  Mr. Rivera serves as the top law enforcement official in the Middle District, which covers 32 counties across the middle tier of the state of Tennessee, including the state capitol, Nashville, with a population of more than 2.3 million people.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Rivera oversees the investigation, prosecution and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Middle District of Tennessee.  Mr. Rivera leads an office that is recognized for significant prosecutions and litigation including public corruption, corporate and financial fraud, healthcare fraud, violent crime, illegal narcotics, civil rights violations and whistleblower affirmative civil enforcement cases.

Previously, Mr. Rivera served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York and an Assistant State Attorney in Florida.  As a state prosecutor, Mr. Rivera prosecuted crimes involving financial crimes, public corruption, homicides, violent crimes and drug offenses.  Mr. Rivera also served as a felony trial supervisor, overseeing prosecutions by Assistant State Attorneys, in all phases of litigation.  In 1999, Mr. Rivera was appointed to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Puerto Rico, where he served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.  There he prosecuted and supervised the prosecution of significant multi-defendant police corruption cases, money laundering organizations and international narco-traffickers dedicated to the importation of multi-kilogram quantities of illegal narcotics on the high seas and from South America into the United States.

In 2004, Mr. Rivera was appointed to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee.  During his tenure as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Nashville, Mr. Rivera served as Deputy Chief and Chief of the Criminal Division, and Chief of the Narcotics and Violent Crime Unit.  He also served as the First Assistant United States Attorney, responsible for overseeing the operations of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and litigation of all criminal and civil matters.  Mr. Rivera has also served as special programs district coordinator for the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, the High Intensity Financial Crimes Area and High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council, responsible for national security matters.  Mr. Rivera has also served as faculty at the Executive Office for the United States Attorney’s National Advocacy Center and has served on foreign country advisory and training initiatives on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mr. Rivera has more than 27 years of experience as a trial attorney, has extensive litigation and courtroom experience, and has prosecuted and tried numerous high profile cases.  As a prosecutor he has litigated a broad spectrum of criminal matters and received awards and commendations for investigations and prosecutions of public corruption, white collar financial crimes and the prosecution of international money laundering and drug trafficking organizations operating in the United States, South America and the Caribbean.  He has twice received the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney for the prosecution of public corruption and white collar cases.

Mr. Rivera has a long career in public service and law enforcement and under his supervision, the U.S. Attorney’s Office continues to combat corruption by public officials, recover millions of tax payer dollars through the use of the False Claims Act and its Affirmative Civil Enforcement program, prosecute complex fraud cases and civil rights violations, and secure convictions and lengthy prison sentences against hundreds of members and associates of violent criminal gangs operating in Nashville, Murfreesboro, Clarksville and other areas in an effort to make communities in the Middle District safe for all residents.

Updated October 9, 2015