First Assistant U.S. Attorney
Carolyn Pokorny is the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. As First Assistant, Carolyn oversees the Criminal, Civil, Appeals and Administrative Divisions of the Office. Carolyn is a distinguished alumna of the Office who most recently served as the Inspector General for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Carolyn spent most of her career as a prosecutor and served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office for 14 years. During her tenure, she spent nine years in the Office’s Narcotics Section, serving as a line assistant and Deputy Chief, before being appointed Chief of Narcotics in 2005. While serving as Chief of Narcotics, she spearheaded the creation of the Office’s International Narcotics Strike Force. Carolyn also served as Senior Litigation Counsel in the Public Integrity Section, as Chief of the General Crimes Section and as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.
Carolyn has successfully prosecuted virtually every type of case, from complex fraud schemes to public corruption, national and international narcotics trafficking, racketeering and murder. She prosecuted former New York State Senate Majority Leader Pedro Espada on charges of stealing more than half a million dollars from a non-profit health care center in the Bronx. She also oversaw the Narcotics Section’s indictments against the leaders of some of the most notorious and powerful drug cartels in Mexico and Colombia. Along with her colleagues, Carolyn convicted drug kingpin Kenneth “Supreme” McGriff and one of his lieutenants on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering, and they are both serving life sentences. Additionally, she successfully prosecuted 16 perpetrators of a $70 million securities fraud and money laundering scheme and secured tens of millions of dollars in forfeiture and restitution for victims.
Carolyn was the recipient of numerous awards while in the Office, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Federal Drug Agent Foundation’s “True American Hero” Award. In 2013, she received the Eastern District of New York’s coveted Charles E. Rose Award.
After leaving the Office, Carolyn was a partner at a boutique litigation firm. In 2015, Carolyn was tapped by then Attorney General Loretta Lynch to serve as her Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor.
Prior to her appointment as Inspector General of the MTA in 2019, Carolyn served as Special Counsel for Public Integrity in the Executive Chamber of the New York Governor and oversaw the State’s Ethics, Risk and Compliance program.
Carolyn is a graduate of Brooklyn Law School where she served as the Associate Managing Editor of the Brooklyn Law Review. She served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Appeals Bureau of the Bronx District Attorney’s Office, which was followed by a two-year judicial clerkship with the late Honorable Arthur D. Spatt of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.
M. Kristin Mace
Chief of the Criminal Division
Kristin Mace is the Chief of the Criminal Division in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. As Chief, Kristin supervises the work of approximately 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys in all of the Criminal Division’s practice area sections in the Brooklyn office – General Crimes, International Narcotics & Money Laundering, Organized Crime & Gangs, National Security & Cybercrime, Business & Securities Fraud, Public Integrity, Civil Rights and Asset Recovery – as well as in the Central Islip office, which is responsible for investigating and prosecuting the full range of federal crimes.
Kristin joined the Office in April 2011 and has served in the General Crimes and Organized Crime & Gangs Sections. Beginning in 2016, she served as the Deputy Chief and then Chief of Organized Crime & Gangs, and also served as the Witness Security Program coordinator for the Office. Kristin served as Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from April 2019 to June 2021, before becoming Chief in June 2021.
During her time in the Office, Kristin has worked on several significant investigations and prosecutions, primarily in the areas of racketeering, organized crime and gangs. Her most notable cases include those arising from the FIFA investigation, which broke new ground in combating a culture of corruption at the highest levels of organized soccer in the United States and around the world with criminal charges against over 50 defendants from more than 20 countries, resulting to date in convictions of over 20 individual and corporate defendants. In a six-week trial in 2017, Kristin and her colleagues convicted two high-ranking soccer officials on charges of racketeering conspiracy and related crimes based on their participation in schemes to accept tens of millions of dollars in bribes in exchange for the media and marketing rights to various soccer tournaments. Her other trial convictions include the 2013 conviction of Bartolomeo Vernace, a member of the ruling panel of the Gambino crime family, after a five-week trial in which more than three decades of racketeering activity was proven, including two murders, drug trafficking, loansharking, gambling and robbery, and the 2015 conviction of the leader and two members of the Six Tre Folk Nation gang after a month-long trial on charges involving racketeering, three murders and numerous robberies. Kristin also prosecuted members of an international crime ring with ties to the Calabrian ‘Ndrangheta following a coordinated investigation with Italian law enforcement in which 24 defendants were charged in the U.S. and Italy with drug trafficking, money laundering and firearms offenses, a Gambino crime family associate for the execution-style murder of a criminal associate and a conspiracy to obstruct the grand jury investigation into the murder, and a Bonanno crime family associate for financial crimes relating to a scheme to defraud the Port Authority in connection with the One World Trade Center project located in lower Manhattan and a conspiracy to obstruct the grand jury investigation into his crimes.
Prior to joining the Office, Kristin clerked for the Honorable Virginia A. Phillips in the Central District of California and the Honorable Joel M. Flaum on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals before working for more than five years in the New York, Chicago and Geneva, Switzerland offices of Winston & Strawn LLP. Kristin graduated cum laude from Northwestern University School of law in 2003 after receiving her B.A. from Oberlin College in 1996.
Chief of the Civil Division
Joseph Marutollo is the Chief of the Civil Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, a district that encompasses over eight million people. As Chief, Joseph manages the federal civil litigation activities of over 50 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys who effectively represent the interests of the United States in several hundred affirmative and defensive cases and matters each year.
Joseph joined the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York in March 2015. From May 2017 through June 2020, Joseph served as Chief of the Immigration Litigation Unit. From September 2019 through June 2020, Joseph also served as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. From June 2020 to January 2021, he served as Principal Deputy Chief of the Civil Division. Joseph served as Acting Chief of the Civil Division from January 2021 to January 2022. During his tenure as Acting Chief of the Civil Division, Joseph worked with senior management in the Office to help create the Civil Rights Team and the Environmental Justice Team. These teams of experienced Civil Division AUSAs are assigned to investigate discrimination in the City of New York and on Long Island. Additionally, he is the Civil Division’s Ethics Advisor and Professional Responsibility Officer. Joseph is a member of the Office's Diversity Committee, where he serves as Chair of the Internal Operations Subcommittee and Chair of the Events Subcommittee.
Joseph has served as the lead attorney on behalf of the United States in over 150 federal cases, including successful trials in the Eastern District of New York and appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. In 2019, Joseph received a Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys for his exemplary performance in leading the district’s demanding civil immigration practice. Also in 2019, Pace University School of Law awarded Joseph its Rising Star Award.
Joseph serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Pace University School of Law and as Coordinator of the EDNY Civil Division’s Cardozo Law School externship program. He previously served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Fordham Law School and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School. Joseph is a member of the Board of Editors of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly and a member of the Board of Advisors at Fordham University’s Curran Center for American Catholic Studies. Joseph is a summa cum laude graduate of Fordham University and a cum laude graduate of Pace University School of Law, where he was Executive Articles Editor of the Pace Law Review.