Ronald C. Machen Jr. serves as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, having been nominated by President Obama in December 2009 and confirmed by the United States Senate in February 2010.
Ronald C. Machen first served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office when he was hired as an Assistant U.S. Attorney by then-U.S. Attorney Eric H. Holder, Jr. in 1997. In that role, Machen tried cases in both the local and federal court systems in the District of Columbia. He prosecuted matters involving homicide, bribery, robbery, mail fraud, government contracts fraud, and narcotics distribution.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Machen served as a law clerk to the Honorable Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Machen graduated from Stanford University in 1991 and Harvard Law School in 1994.
In 2001, Machen left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to join the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr, where he became a partner in the firm’s Investigations and Criminal Litigation group. While at the firm, Machen represented individuals and corporations in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, regulatory enforcement, corporate compliance, and complex civil litigation.
As U.S. Attorney, Machen is passionate about community service and outreach. He has stated, “There is no more rewarding aspect of serving as U.S. Attorney than hearing the gratitude of citizens whose neighborhoods are safer and healthier because of our law enforcement efforts.” Recently, Machen hosted a Youth Anti-Violence Summit that convened 200 young people from underserved neighborhoods in Washington. Machen regularly speaks to at-risk youth and participates in forums to engage the community in working to address the most pressing public safety challenges facing the District of Columbia.