Michael F. Easley Jr.
Michael F. Easley, Jr.
United States Attorney
Michael Francis Easley, Jr. was officially sworn in as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina on November 26, 2021.
As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Easley is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Eastern District of North Carolina, which includes the 44 eastern most counties of North Carolina. 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, Mr. Easley was a was a litigator focused on internal investigations and trial court work in state and federal courts, and he was a partner in McGuire Woods LLP. He represented businesses and individuals in complex, high-stakes civil, criminal, and regulatory matters. He has handled matters involving a wide range of topics, including criminal law, environmental, consumer protection, business torts, professional negligence, government contracting, financial services and securities. While still in law school, Mr. Easley frequently prosecuted cases on behalf of the District Attorney’s office as an extern in the 10th Judicial District.
Born in Southport, North Carolina, Mr. Easley attended the University of North Carolina where he graduated with honors and distinction in political science. He later received his law degree with honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
In addition to his work at McGuireWoods, Mr. Easley contributed time to various bar and community organizations. He served as a member of the Board of Visitors of the University of North Carolina. He was also a member of the Criminal Justice Section Council and the Integration, Equity & Equal Justice Task Force of the North Carolina Bar Association. Mr. Easley also served as a mentor in the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s Success in Law School Mentoring Program.