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Office Moves at the U.S. Attorney’s Office

This month will see the departure of two of our senior officials, First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jennifer Gorland and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Dawkins Davis.  Both have served our district and our nation with great distinction and will be sorely missed.

Jennifer is leaving the U.S. Attorney’s after 26 years of service to become a U.S. Immigration Law Judge in Detroit.  Stephanie is leaving after 18 years of service to become a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Flint. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Dan Lemisch will take over as First Assistant U.S. Attorney.  Dan has served as Chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office since 2010. He previously served as a Deputy Chief in the Controlled Substances Unit.   Before joining the office in 2000, Dan practiced law at a firm in Philadelphia, and then served at the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office as a trial lawyer and Chief of Appeals.  Dan handled some of the most significant cases in Oakland County, including the homicide prosecution of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.

Kevin Mulcahy will take on the duties of Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney.  Kevin has served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit for the past five years.  He has also served as a trial and appellate lawyer in our office.  Before joining this office in 2005, Kevin practiced law at the firm of Morrison and Foerster in San Francisco and served as a prosecutor at the San Diego U.S. Attorney's Office. 

With Dan Lemisch’s move to First Assistant, Mark Chutkow will take over as Criminal Chief.  Mark has served as Chief of the Public Corruption Unit, where he was the lead attorney in the prosecution of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  Mark previously practiced at the law firm of Sidley and Austin in Chicago and served in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Seattle.  He is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers. 

Jennifer Gorland joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1989 from the Pepper Hamilton law firm in Detroit.  She has served in the Civil and Criminal Divisions, including the Defensive Litigation Unit, General Crimes Unit and Economic Crimes Unit.  She served as Chief of the General Crimes Unit before becoming First Assistant in 2010.  As First Assistant, Jennifer runs the day-to-day operations of the office, overseeing hiring, training, budget and mentoring, among other responsibilities.  She will take the bench in January. 

Stephanie Dawkins Davis joined the office in 1997 from the Dickinson Wright firm in Detroit, serving in the Civil and Criminal Divisions.   She served in the Affirmative Litigation Unit, General Crimes Unit and Controlled Substances Unit before becoming the Executive Assistant in 2010.  In that role, she oversees the office’s outreach and prevention work and leads our diversity initiative, among other duties.  She, too, will take the bench in January.    

Both Jennifer and Stephanie have served the people of our district with great professionalism and dedication, and have made a significant impact on our community.  We are grateful that they have chosen to devote their considerable talents to serving the public.  Some people become lawyers to make money.  These two became lawyers to make a difference.  And they did.  We wish them all the best in their new challenges.

Barbara L. McQuade
United States Attorney
Eastern District of Michigan

Updated January 12, 2016