Anne M. Tompkins is serving as the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina after being nominated for the position by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate in April 2010.
As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Tompkins oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought and defended on behalf of the United States in the Western District of North Carolina, which encompasses the 32 westernmost counties in North Carolina, from the I-77 corridor to the Tennessee border. She supervises an office of over 100 employees, including 41 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include white collar crime, gang violence and organized crime, narcotics and firearms trafficking, crimes on the Cherokee Indian reservation, public integrity and civil rights violations, human trafficking and child exploitation and national security matters. Ms. Tompkins was appointed by Attorney General Holder to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. The Committee represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Department of Justice. Ms. Tompkins serves as Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee and is an active member of the Health Care Fraud and White Collar Crime Subcommittees.
Ms. Tompkins is an experienced trial lawyer with 22 years of prosecutorial and private sector experience. She began her legal career in the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office in 1992. In her eight year career as a state prosecutor, Ms. Tompkins prosecuted a wide variety of cases, including homicide, narcotics, violent crimes and property crimes. In 2000, Ms. Tompkins became an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of North Carolina. She served as Deputy Criminal Chief for Violent Crimes and Narcotics, and also prosecuted white collar crimes. In 2004, Ms. Tompkins was detailed by the U.S. Justice Department to the Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq, where she spent eight months assisting the Iraqi Special Tribunal investigate international humanitarian crimes committed by members of the regime of Saddam Hussein.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Tompkins spent five years as a partner with the law firm of Alston & Bird, LLP, where she was a member of the firm’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group. Her practice focused on white collar criminal defense and corporate compliance. Before attending law school, Ms. Tompkins was a Budget Analyst for the City of Charlotte.
Ms. Tompkins has been an Adjunct Professor at the Charlotte School of Law, teaching Criminal Procedure and White Collar Crime.
Ms. Tompkins received her J.D. in 1992 from the University of North Carolina School of Law, a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988, and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 1984.