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Former United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.

John E. Kuhn, Jr.

John E. Kuhn, Jr.
Former United States Attorney
District of Alaska

JOHN E. KUHN, JR. was appointed by Attorney General Merrick Garland to assume the position of United States Attorney for the District of Alaska as of December 26, 2021. Mr. Kuhn joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska after serving with the Executive Office

for United States Attorneys since 2018 in various roles, including National Heroin and Opioid Coordinator, National Controlled Substances Coordinator, and Acting Assistant Director in the Office of Legal Programs. 

Before joining the Executive Office, Mr. Kuhn served as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky for nearly three years, from December 2014 to September 2017. During his tenure as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kuhn was deeply engaged in combatting the opioid crisis, developing a number of effective initiatives and programs. Before he became U.S. Attorney, Mr. Kuhn served for more than 4 years as First Assistant U.S. Attorney, supervising the Criminal, Civil, Appellate, and Administrative Divisions of the Office.

Mr. Kuhn has more than 31 years of legal experience and 24 years with the Department of Justice. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions of the Western District of Kentucky U.S. Attorney’s Office, where he prosecuted narcotics, violent crime, and white collar offenses. In addition to his extensive trial work, Mr. Kuhn argued appeals before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and served as a hearing officer in Washington, D.C. and New York City for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund, a federal program established for victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Mr. Kuhn graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville School of Law and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Kentucky.

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Updated April 25, 2022