James D. Gatta
Chief, Criminal Division
James D. Gatta is the Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. In that role, Jim supervises all the investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office across a wide range of practice areas, which include corporate and securities fraud, terrorism, cybercrime, public corruption, international narcotics trafficking, and violent and organized crime.
Jim joined the United States Attorney’s Office in June 2007, served in the General Crimes, Organized Crime and Racketeering and Public Integrity Sections, and held several senior supervisory positions within the Office prior to his current appointment, including Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief of the Public Integrity Section. In the Public Integrity Section, Jim supervised, investigated and prosecuted individuals and entities for bribery, embezzlement, extortion and obstruction, as well as for financial, honest services, campaign finance and tax fraud, which included the convictions of New York State lawmakers and a sitting United States Congressman. In addition, while in the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section, Jim played a pivotal role in the Office’s aggressive investigations and prosecutions of the Colombo organized crime family of La Cosa Nostra, which resulted in the incarceration of nearly every active member of that criminal enterprise. Among other cases, Jim secured trial convictions against inducted members of the Colombo Family in racketeering cases involving murder and numerous other crimes, including against the then-street boss of that crime family. Jim also led the investigation of a serial murderer in Brooklyn who exploited the identities of his victims after their murders and secured his conviction at trial.
Before joining the Office, Jim was an associate of Goodwin Procter LLP in New York and clerked for the Honorable Frank Maas, a United States Magistrate Judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. Jim is a 2002 graduate from the Fordham University School of Law, and received his B.A. from Fordham College in the Bronx.
Susan L. Riley
Chief, Civil Division
Susan L. Riley is the Chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. As chief, she oversees all of the wide-ranging affirmative and defensive practices, cases and matters within the Civil Division, including affirmative civil enforcement, asset forfeiture, civil appeals, civil rights, environmental, employment discrimination, immigration, constitutional tort (Bivens), medical malpractice, health care fraud, mortgage fraud and other financial fraud litigation.
Susan joined the Civil Division in 1994 and specialized in asset forfeiture and employment discrimination litigation. Prior to her appointment as Civil Division chief in 2003, she served as Chief of the Long Island Civil Division from 2000 to 2003 and as Chief of Employment Litigation from 1997 to 2000. She was awarded the Henry L. Stimson Medal in 1999 as well as a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Susan is a magna cum laude graduate of Wesleyan University and a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. She served as law clerk to the late June L. Green, of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and as a Trial Attorney in the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division of the Justice Department. Immediately prior to joining the Office, she was Senior Associate General Counsel for Litigation at Howard University in Washington, D.C.