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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Richard P. Donoghue

​Richard P. Donoghue

Richard P. Donoghue is the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York.  As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Donoghue is the chief federal law enforcement officer for a district comprising Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island in New York City, and Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island.  The district serves over eight million residents through its Criminal Division, with approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and its Civil Division, with approximately 60 U.S.Attorneys.  The Criminal Division’s main office in Brooklyn has practice area sections including General Crimes, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, Organized Crime & Gangs, National Security & Cybercrime, Business & Securities Fraud, Public Integrity and Civil Rights.  The Long Island Criminal Division office in Central Islip is responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes.  The Civil Division, with a main office in Brooklyn and a branch office in Central Islip, is responsible for a wide range of affirmative and defensive litigation, including asset forfeiture, civil rights, environmental enforcement, programs fraud, financial litigation and Civil RICO.  An Appeals Division supervises appellate work for the Brooklyn and Long Island Criminal Divisions.  

From 2000 to 2011, Mr. Donoghue served as an AUSA in the Eastern District of New York, where he held positions including Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division.  As an AUSA, he investigated and prosecuted a wide array of cases, including MS-13 racketeering cases and other violent crime, white collar crime, public integrity offenses and drug trafficking.  While at the Office, Mr. Donoghue received the New York City Bar Association’s Henry L. Stimson Medal in 2007 (awarded annually to outstanding AUSAs), and the Eastern District Association’s 2009 Charles E. Rose Award (awarded annually to outstanding AUSAs).

From 1993 to 2000, Mr. Donoghue served on active duty in the U.S. Army JAG Corps, where he held positions including Military Magistrate Judge, Prosecutor, Defense Counsel and Contract Litigator.  From 1993 through 1995, he served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. 

Most recently, Mr. Donoghue held the position of Chief Litigation Counsel for a major technology corporation, where he oversaw its litigation matters worldwide. 

Mr. Donoghue received his B.A., cum laude, from Hofstra University and his J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law.

Updated January 26, 2018

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