Meet the U.S. Attorney

David J. Hale, United States Attorney

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David J. Hale was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky on May 7, 2010, following nomination by President Obama and confirmation by the United States Senate. As the District’s chief federal law enforcement officer, Mr. Hale supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government is a party, in a District encompassing 53 counties and over two million residents. He oversees the work of over 80 attorneys and support staff in Kentucky’s largest city, Louisville, as well as office locations in Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah.

During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Hale has prioritized initiatives to enhance cooperation between federal and local law enforcement. He is active in the U.S. Attorney community, serving as vice chair of a U.S. Attorney subcommittee on law enforcement coordination and as chair of a U.S. Attorney working group in support of servicemember and veteran rights.

Before beginning his service as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Hale was a member of the Louisville law firm Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice PLLC, where he concentrated his practice in commercial litigation, representing businesses and individuals from disparate industries in federal and state courts across Kentucky. Mr. Hale’s practice was recognized by several professional publications, including Chambers USA, Benchmark Litigation, and Martindale-Hubbell (AV 5.0). While in private practice, Mr. Hale was named to Louisville Business First’s Forty Under 40 (2006) and participated in Leadership Kentucky (2002). He also served on the governing boards of the Louisville Urban League and Kentucky Educational Television (KET).

From 1995-99, Mr. Hale served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Western District of Kentucky. During his tenure as an AUSA, he prosecuted a broad array of criminal cases, including violent crime, narcotics, illegal guns, homicide, child exploitation, white collar crime. Mr. Hale also represented the government in civil matters, including affirmative civil enforcement cases, health care fraud and financial litigation. Prior to serving as an AUSA, Mr. Hale worked as an associate in the litigation section of the law firm now known as Frost Brown Todd LLC.

Mr. Hale is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (B.A.), and the University of Kentucky College of Law (J.D.), where he earned a scholarship as a member of the College’s National Moot Court Team. Prior to his appointment as U.S. Attorney, he also served on the University of Kentucky College of Law Visiting Committee.

Mr. Hale is married and has two teenage children. He was born in the Army hospital at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky.

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