About the Office

The United States Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut, and with representing the federal government in civil litigation in the District. The District is composed of more than 60 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) and approximately 55 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

The Criminal Division
The Civil Division
Administrative Division

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut is one of the nation’s oldest. Pierrepont Edwards, Connecticut’s first United States Attorney, was appointed by President George Washington in 1789.

Today, Deirdre M. Daly serves as the District’s 51st United States Attorney.

 

United States Attorneys for The District of Connecticut

1
Pierpont Edwards 1789 - 1806
2
Hesekiah Huntington 1806 - 1829
3
Nathan Smith 1829
4
Asa Child 1829 - 1834
5
William S. Holabird 1834 - 1841
6
Charles Chapman 1841 - 1844
7
Jonathan Stoddard 1844 - 1849
8
Thomas C. Perkins 1849 - 1853
9
Elisha S. Abernethy 1853
10
William D. Shipman 1853 - 1860
11
Tilton E. Doolittle 1860 - 1861
12
Hiram Willey 1861 - 1870
13
Calvin G. Child 1870 - 1880
14
Daniel Chadwick 1880 - 1884
15
Lewis E. Stanton 1884 - 1888
16
George G. Sill 1888 - 1892
17
George P. McLean 1892 - 1896
18
Charles W. Comstock 1896 - 1900
19
Francis H. Parker 1900 - 1908
20
John T. Robinson 1908 - 1912
21
Frederick A. Scott 1912 - 1915
22
Thomas J. Spellacy 1915 - 1918
23
John F. Crosby 1918 - 1919
24
Edward H. Smith 1919 - 1923
25
Allan K. Smith 1923 - 1924
26
John Buckley 1924 - 1933
27
Frank S. Bergin 1933 - 1934
28
George H. Cohen 1934
29
Robert P. Butler 1934 - 1945
30
Adrian W. Maher 1945 - 1953
31
Simon S. Cohen 1953 - 1958
32
Harry W. Hultgren, Jr 1958 - 1961
33
Robert C. Zampano 1961 - 1964
34
F. Owen Eagan 1964
35
Jon O. Newman 1964 - 1969
36
Stewart H. Jones 1969 - 1974
37
Harold J. Pickerstein 1974
38
Peter C. Dorsey 1974 - 1977
39
Richard Blumenthal 1977 - 1981
40
Alan H. Nevas 1981 - 1985
41
Stanley A. Twardy, Jr 1985 - 1991
42
Richard Palmer 1991
43
Albert S. Dabrowski 1991 - 1993
44
Christopher F. Droney 1993 - 1997
45
John H. Durham 1997 - 1998
46
Stephen C. Robinson 1998 - 2001
47
John A. Danaher III 2001 - 2002
48
Kevin J. O’Connor 2002 - 2008
49
Nora R. Dannehy 2008 - 2010
50
David B. Fein 2010 - 2013
51
Deirdre M. Daly 2013 - Present

 

 

 

United States Attorney's Office Alumni

Many former United States Attorneys and Assistant United States Attorneys have continued their distinguished careers in public service after leaving the Office. A number of former members of the Office have served or are serving in a variety of important federal and state public offices.

Members of the Judiciary

Former United States Attorney Jon O. Newman presently serves on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and, prior to his appointment to the Court of Appeals, served as a United States District Judge in Connecticut.

Other former United States Attorneys who have gone on to serve as United States District Court Judges in Connecticut include:

Pierrepont Edwards
William D. Shipman
Robert Zampano
Peter C. Dorsey
Alan H. Nevas
Christopher F. Droney

Additionally, former United States Attorney Stephen C. Robinson served as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Former United States Attorney Albert S. Dabrowski now serves as the Chief United States Bankruptcy Court Judge for the District of Connecticut. Former Assistant United States Attorney Deirdre A. Martini formerly served as the United States Trustee for the Second Circuit.

Alumni who have gone on to become United States Magistrate Judges in Connecticut include:

F. Owen Eagan (Retired)
Thomas P. Smith
Holly B. Fitzsimmons
Donna F. Martinez

Four alumni of the United States Attorney's Office have gone on to serve on the Connecticut Supreme Court:

Justice Carmen E. Espinosa
Justice Robert Glass (Retired)
Chief Justice Francis M. McDonald (Retired)
Justice Richard N. Palmer

A single alumnus has been appointed to the Connecticut Appellate Court.

Douglas Lavine

The following alumni have served or now serve as Connecticut Superior Court Judges:

Hadley W. Austin
Simon S. Cohen
Henry Cohn
John A. Danaher III
Robert J. Devlin, Jr.
Kari Dooley
Michael Hartmere
Barbara Bailey Jongbloed
Maria Araujo Kahn
Linda K. Lager
Douglas S. Lavine
Denise Markle
John F. Mulcahy, Jr.
Howard Owens
Carl J. Schuman
Barry K. Stevens

Appointed Positions

Former Assistant United States Attorneys have served in important law enforcement positions, both nationally and in Connecticut. After leaving office, Thomas J. Spellacy served as an Assistant Attorney General of the United States and Assistant Secretary of the Navy. David Margolis currently serves as Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Paul Coffey became Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington. Leonard Boyle served both as Commissioner of Public Safety in Connecticut and Director of the National Terrorist Screening Center in Washington, and now serves as Connecitcut’s Deputy Chief State’s Attorney. Andrew B. Bowman served as Federal Public Defender for Connecticut. John A. Connolly served as State’s Attorney for Waterbury, Connecticut. Arnold Markle, went on to serve for many years as the State's Attorney for New Haven. Nora R. Dannehy served as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Connecticut.

After serving as United States Attorney, Stanley A. Twardy, Jr. served as Chief of Staff to former Connecticut Governor Lowell P. Weicker, and Kevin J. O’Connor served as Chief of Staff to the Attorney General, and then as Associate Attorney General of the United States, the third-ranking position within the Department of Justice.

Elected Positions

United States Attorney Nathan Smith went on to serve as United States Senator in Connecticut, and United States Attorney Richard Blumenthal served five terms as Attorney General for the State of Connecticut and now serves as United States Senator. Thomas J. Spellacy was elected Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut in 1935.

Alumni Association

There is an active Alumni Association of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Connecticut. In addition to hosting an annual dinner for all alumni, the Alumni Association is currently compiling a history of the United States Attorney's Office in Connecticut. Anyone interested in assisting in this project or joining the Alumni Association is encouraged to contact former United States Attorney Stanley A. Twardy, Jr. at satwardy@daypitney.com.

 

 

 

 

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