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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of North Carolina

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Robert J. Higdon, Jr. Sworn In as United States Attorney

RALEIGH – Robert J. Higdon, Jr. has taken the oath of office to become the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina.  Mr. Higdon was nominated by President Donald Trump on August 2, 2017 and confirmed by the United States Senate on September 28, 2017.  He took the oath of office from Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever.


Mr. Higdon stated, “It is an honor and a privilege to serve the people of the Eastern District of North Carolina as United States Attorney.  I am grateful to President Trump for this opportunity and I want to thank Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis for their strong support though the confirmation process.”


As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Higdon 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. He oversees a staff of 108 employees, including 51 attorneys and 57 non-attorney support personnel.  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.


Mr. Higdon, a Greensboro native, spent nearly 24 years as a federal prosecutor, including serving as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina.  He has supervised and prosecuted a wide range of criminal cases, including narcotic traffickers, white collar and public corruption matters, mail and wire fraud, bribery, false statements, Foreign Corrupt Practices, violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act, violations of import/export regulations, money laundering, theft of government property and violations involving government contracting and programs.  Mr. Higdon has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including the investigation and resolution of violations by a private security firm, a criminal investigation that returned North Carolina's Original Copy of the Bill of Rights to the State more than 130 years after it was stolen by Federal Troops, the prosecution of numerous public officials in North Carolina and in other states and was co-lead counsel in the prosecution of former United States Senator and former Presidential candidate John Edwards.


Mr. Higdon received his J.D. in 1989 from the Wake Forest University School of Law and his B.A. in 1985 from Wake Forest University.  He is a member of the North Carolina State Bar and the State Bar of Georgia.

Updated October 10, 2017