Barbara L. McQuade is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan. She was appointed by President Barack Obama, and began serving on January 4, 2010.
Before becoming U.S. Attorney, McQuade served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit for 12 years. She was Deputy Chief of the National Security Unit, where she prosecuted cases involving terrorism financing, foreign agents, export violations, and threats. During her career as a federal prosecutor, McQuade has also prosecuted cases involving violent crime, fraud, narcotics, racketeering, and cybercrime.
From 2003 to 2009, McQuade served as a law professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, teaching criminal law in the evenings.
Before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McQuade practiced law at the firm of Butzel Long in Detroit, and served as a law clerk to Hon. Bernard A. Friedman on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Born in Detroit, McQuade is a 1987 graduate of the University of Michigan and a 1991 graduate of the University of Michigan Law School. She and her husband have four children.