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Former United States Attorneys

The United States Attorney


“The United States Attorney
is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy,
but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is
as compelling as its obligation to govern at all;
and whose interest, therefore,
in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case,
but that justice shall be done.
As such, he [or she] is in a peculiar and very definite sense the
servant of the law, the twofold aim of which
is that guilt shall not escape or innocence suffer.
He [or she] may prosecute with earnestness and vigor-
indeed, he [or she] should do so.
But, while he [or she] may strike hard blows,
he [or she] is not at liberty to strike foul ones.
It is as much his [or her] duty
to refrain from improper methods calculated to produce
a wrongful conviction as it is
to use every legitimate means to bring about a just one.”

Berger v. United States, 295 U.S. 88 (1935)

FORMER UNITED STATES ATTORNEYS

Eileen M. Decker                        6/11/2015 – 3/10/2017

André Birotte, Jr.                        3/4/2010 – 8/8/2014

Thomas P. O’Brien                   10/5/2007 - 9/1/2009

Debra Wong Yang                      5/20/2002 - 11/17/2006

Alejandro N. Mayorkas            12/21/1998 - 4/20/2001

Nora M. Manella                       1/3/1994 - 12/20/1998

Lourdes G. Baird                        7/20/1990 - 9/8/1992

Gary A. Feess                             6/16/1989 - 11/30/1989

Robert C. Bonner                        2/15/1984 - 6/16/1989

Stephen S. Trott                       12/28/1981 -7/29/1983

Andrea S. Ordin                        10/21/1977 - 12/27/1981

William D. Keller                        1/6/1972 - 7/24/1977

Robert L. Meyer                         5/18/1970 - 1/1/1972

William Matthew Byrne, Jr.         3/30/1967 - 5/18/1970

John K. Van de Kamp               11/14/1966 - 3/25/1967

Manuel L. Real                         11/12/1964 - 11/3/1966

Thomas R. Sheridan                10/15/1962 - 11/12/1964

Francis C. Whelan                     4/27/1961 - 10/14/1964

Laughlin E. Waters                    7/31/1953 - 4/27/1961

Walter Binns                            12/3/1951 - 7/31/1953

Ernest A. Tolin                        10/26/1949 - 12/3/1951

James M. Carter                        6/17/1946 - 10/25/1949

Charles H. Carr                         6/1/1943 - 6/15/1946

Leo V. Silverstein                       9/4/1942 - 5/31/1943

William Fleet Palmer                  7/1/1940 - 9/3/1942

Ben Harrison                             8/14/1937 - 6/30/1940

Peirson M. Hall                          5/1/1933 - 8/13/1937

John Rose Laying                       3/8/1933 - 5/1/1933

Samuel W. McNabb                    2/2/1925 - 3/1/1933

Joseph C. Burke                       12/22/1921 - 2/1/1925

J. Robert O’Conner                  10/2/1917 - 12/21/1921

Albert Schoonover                    7/28/1913 - 10/1/1917

Oscar Lawler                           12/19/1905 - 4/18/1909

Louis H. Valentine                   12/7/1901 - 12/18/1905

Frank P. Flint                            4/18/1897 - 12/7/1901

George J. Denis                         3/30/1893 - 4/7/1897

Matthew T. Allen                       1/29/1892 - 3/29/1893

Aurelus H. Hutton                     8/14/1889 - 2/5/1890

George J. Denis                         5/8/1888 - 8/12/1889

Updated May 1, 2017