Bridget M. Rohde
Bridget M. Rohde is the Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As Acting U.S. Attorney, Ms. Rohde is the chief federal law enforcement officer for a district comprised of 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 110 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, and its Civil Division, with approximately 60 Assistant U.S. Attorneys. The Criminal Division’s main office in Brooklyn has practice area sections including General Crimes, 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.
Ms. Rohde served as Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney from June 2016 until becoming Acting U.S. Attorney. In that role, she counseled the United States Attorney; provided guidance and support to the Chiefs of the Criminal and Civil Divisions with respect to U.S. Department of Justice policies and priorities, and specific investigations, criminal prosecutions and civil lawsuits; and coordinated with the executive management for federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to maximize the implementation of crime prevention strategies and law enforcement operations.
Previously, Ms. Rohde served in the Office from 1990 to 2007, including as Chief of the Criminal Division, Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. While in the Office, she conducted complex criminal investigations, handled numerous jury trials, and argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Notable cases included the prosecutions of a La Cosa Nostra captain for racketeering involving domination of the scrap metal industry, a La Cosa Nostra underboss for labor racketeering, and a Russian organized crime boss for extortion and immigration fraud.
Ms. Rohde graduated magna cum laude from the College of Notre Dame in 1983, and with honors from the University of Maryland School of Law in 1986. Her legal career includes having served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederic N. Smalkin, U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, from 1986 to 1988; as an associate at what was then the law firm Piper and Marbury, from 1988 to 1990; and as a partner at a major national law firm from 2007 until returning to the EDNY.