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Former United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan

US Attorney Robert M Duncan, Jr.


Former United States Attorney Robert M. Duncan, Jr.

As a Former United States Attorney, Robert M. Duncan, Jr., was the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Eastern District of Kentucky, which encompasses the 67 easternmost counties in the Commonwealth, has a population of approximately 2.2 million, and includes the cities of Lexington, Covington, Frankfort, Ashland, Pikeville, Somerset, and London.  Duncan served as the twenty-third presidentially appointed United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky, which was created in 1901.    


Duncan oversaw a staff of 83 employees, including 39 attorneys, 36 non-attorney support personnel, and 8 contract employees. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the District, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.


Prior to his appointment, Duncan had served for more than a decade as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Kentucky.  Beginning in 2011 and continuing until his appointment as United States Attorney, Duncan focused on the prosecution of Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force cases, working with federal, state, and local law enforcement personnel to disrupt and dismantle complex drug trafficking and money laundering organizations operating in the District and elsewhere.  From 2007 to 2013, Duncan served as coordinator of the office’s Project Safe Neighborhoods Program, a Department of Justice initiative to reduce gun and gang crime through education, community outreach, and prosecution. 


During his career as a federal prosecutor, Duncan handled a wide array of criminal and appellate matters, including cases involving violent crimes, immigration offenses, public corruption, white-collar offenses, environmental crimes, and child exploitation offenses.  Duncan also served as the Professional Responsibility Officer for the office, providing advice about legal ethics.  Duncan joined the United States Attorney’s Office in January 2005. 


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Updated January 25, 2021