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Meet the U.S. Attorney

John A. Horn

John A. Horn is the Acting United States Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia (NDGA). He has been a federal prosecutor since 2002, and previously served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Chief of the offices Appellate Division, and Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section for the NDGA. His focus was mainly on prosecuting cases involving international drug cartels, but also prosecuted computer crime and fraud cases and has argued appeals before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals involving fraud schemes, child sex offenses, and violent crimes. Some of his notable cases include a takedown of a significant component of Mexico's Beltran-Leyva cartel including kingpin Edgar Valdez-Villarreal, aka "La Barbie," and illegal prescribing of pharmaceuticals by Carrollton doctor Philip Astin III. He also served as a member of the prosecution team for Centennial Olympic Park bomber Eric Rudolph.

John served as the first lead attorney of the David G. Wilhelm Organized Crime-Drug Enforcement Strike Force in Atlanta that brings together all federal investigative agencies as well as state and local police to focus on prosecuting international drug cartels. He is a national expert on electronic surveillance and was a member of the Department of Justice's national working group on Title III and electronic surveillance. Before joining the U.S. Attorney's office, John worked in the white collar crime section at King & Spalding in Atlanta, Ga., and also clerked for Judge Stanley F. Birch Jr. of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as Judge Harold L. Murphy of the U.S. District Court. John earned a law degree at the University of Virginia School of Law and a bachelor's degree at the College of William and Mary in Virginia.

Updated April 20, 2015