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Chief of the Criminal Division

Denise S. Wolf

Denise S. Wolf has served as the Chief of the Criminal Division since April 2018. As Criminal Chief, Ms. Wolf supervises all criminal investigations and cases in the Office.


Ms. Wolf has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for over 15 years. During her tenure, she has prosecuted a wide variety of crimes, specializing in white collar and economic fraud. Ms. Wolf has handled 18 jury trials on behalf of the Office. These trials included prosecutions of judges on the former Philadelphia Traffic Court for ticket-fixing, a local professor for child exploitation and obstruction of justice, and a partner at a regional law firm for insider trading. Ms. Wolf has spearheaded numerous Title III wiretap investigations, one of which spanned 18 months. She has argued multiples cases before the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and has served as liaison to the National Park Service and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Coatesville, Pennsylvania.

Throughout her career, Ms. Wolf has received numerous awards and commendations for her work, including the Attorney General’s Award in 2006 for her work on the successful prosecution of Eli Lilly for off-label marketing. 

Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Ms. Wolf was an associate at Schnader, Harrison, Segal, and Lewis. She also served as an Assistant City Solicitor in the Civil Rights Unit in the Philadelphia Law Department, where she conducted over a dozen federal jury trials defending Philadelphia police officers against constitutional excessive force and false arrest claims.  Ms. Wolf served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lowell A. Reed, United States District Judge of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. 

Ms. Wolf is a summa cum laude graduate of the Washington College of Law at the American University, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. She is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she was in the Sphinx Senior Leadership Society and was awarded the Trustees’ Leadership Award.

Ms. Wolf is the President of Germantown Jewish Centre, a dynamic Philadelphia congregation that boasts 44 rabbis among its membership. She is the proud mother of three sons, one of whom aspires to be an FBI agent.

Updated August 16, 2019

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