About the Office
Interim United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen leads the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, one of the largest in the country with 130 Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) currently on staff. There are 105 non-attorney positions in the office. The USAO is located at
615 Chestnut Street in downtown Philadelphia, one block from the Federal Courthouse and overlooking the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. The office is divided into three divisions: Criminal, Civil, and Administration, whose Chiefs report to the Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.
Criminal Chief Peter F. Schenck leads the criminal division, which consists of 101 Assistant United States Attorneys supervised by a Division Chief and two Deputy Chiefs. For management purposes, the criminal division is divided into eight teams. Attorneys in the criminal division are assigned to teams and the team leader serves as an administrative head of the team. Our criminal assistants are generalists within all areas of criminal law.
The team leaders also serve as subject matter chiefs. They maintain expertise in these areas and maintain relationships with the investigative agencies in their subject matter. The sections are:
- White Collar Crime, Terrorism and National Security
- Economic Crimes
- Health Care and Government Fraud and Environmental Crimes
- Violent Crime and Firearms
- Narcotics and Organized Crime
- Official Corruption, Tax Fraud and Civil Rights
- National Security and Cyber Crime
- Victim Witness and Financial Litigation
The criminal division also includes approximately 51 Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys assigned from other federal agencies and local prosecutors' offices to handle firearms offenses and other matters.
Civil Chief Margaret L. Hutchinson leads the Civil Division of 28 attorneys. Civil AUSAs are generalist litigators who represent the federal government and its agencies and employees in civil litigation in the District. Primary areas of practice are tort cases, including medical malpractice and Constitutional tort cases, and Title VII cases alleging discrimination in hiring and employment practices by agencies of the United States. Other areas of practice include immigration, bankruptcy, debts owed the United States or its agencies, and judicial review of federal agency administrative actions.
The district is known as a major originator of affirmative civil enforcement actions to address fraud on the United States, and to bring civil penalty and injunctive actions enforcing a wide variety of federal agency regulations such as the environmental laws, predatory lending, and drug diversion. Civil AUSAs work with Inspectors General of many agencies to investigate and litigate under the False claims Act and its whistleblower provisions. Our affirmative civil enforcement pursues nationwide fraud schemes in the pharmaceutical industry and quality of care concerns in nursing homes, adult and children residential facilities, and personal care homes.
Acting Administrative Officer Rhonda Travick leads the Administrative Division. The Division is responsible for planning and executing a comprehensive range of administrative services that support the mission of the United States Attorney's Office. It provides policy and procedural direction, in addition to central services support, for the District in all areas of management and administration, including Acquisitions; Financial Management; Human Resources; Litigation Support; Support Services; and Systems Support. The Administrative Officer is the principal advisor to the United States Attorney and the District on all administrative matters.
- Financial Management
- Human Resources
- Litigation Support
- Support Services
- Systems Support