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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Channing D. PhillipsUnited States Attorney Channing Phillips

On October 8, 2015, President Barack Obama nominated Channing D. Phillips to become the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia.  Mr. Phillips has been serving as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia since October 19, 2015 pursuant to the Attorney General’s appointment authority and subsequently by an Order of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.   Mr. Phillips’ confirmation is pending with the United States Senate.

Mr. Phillips formerly served as counselor to the Attorney General, and also served as the Executive Director for the Attorney General’s Diversity Management Advisory Council and was the day-to-day coordinator for diversity-management issues within the Department and the Department’s primary contact for external agencies on these issues.

Mr. Phillips has served the Department of Justice in many capacities over the years, including Interim U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, Principal Assistant U.S. Attorney, and Spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 1994, where he prosecuted violent crime, drug trafficking, gun, and fraud offenses in both the Superior Court and the Criminal Divisions. Mr. Phillips initially joined the U.S. Department of Justice in 1990 as a trial attorney with the Organized Crime & Racketeering Section of the Criminal Division.

A native Washingtonian, U.S. Attorney Phillips is a 1980 graduate of the University of Virginia and a 1986 graduate of the Howard University School of Law. Following law school, Mr. Phillips worked for the law firm of Charles Morgan Associates, Chartered, in Washington, D.C., before serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Shellie F. Bowers, Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

Updated April 11, 2016