Meet the U.S. Attorney
Carlton S. Shier, IV, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky
Carlton S. Shier, IV was appointed United States Attorney, by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, on March 21, 2022. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland had previously appointed him United States Attorney in November 2021. Mr. Shier first assumed the duties of the office, as Acting United States Attorney, in January 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Shier had served as the First Assistant United States Attorney since April 2013. Mr. Shier also served as the Acting United States Attorney from January 2017 to November 2017.
Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Shier served as the Deputy General Counsel of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Mr. Shier also spent several years as a Kentucky prosecutor, both with the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office and the Fayette County Attorney’s Office; he was also in the private practice of law, concentrating on commercial litigation. A Lexington native, Mr. Shier graduated from Centre College and received both an M.S., in Justice Administration, and a J.D., from the University of Louisville.