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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Joseph H. Harrington, U.S. Attorney

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Joseph H. Harrington as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington on an interim basis effective January 5, 2018.  

Harrington has served in the U. S. Attorney’s Office since 1990 and before that worked for the U. S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C.   During his tenure in the U. S. Attorney’s Office, he has litigated both civil and criminal cases.  He has held the positions of Acting United States Attorney, First Assistant United States Attorney, Criminal Chief, Deputy Criminal Chief, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Coordinator, and Health Care Fraud Coordinator.  Harrington was involved with the prosecutions of: Kevin W. Harpham, an avowed white supremacist who planted a sophisticated remotely-controlled IED along the route of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Unity March in Spokane; the Phineas Priest domestic terrorism case involving bank robberies and bombings of a Planned Parenthood office and a Spokane newspaper facility; and a significant officer-involved civil rights case.  He has been the recipient of the Department of Justice “Director’s Award” on two occasions in recognition of his superior performance as an Assistant U. S. Attorney.

Harrington received his J.D. from Gonzaga University in 1986, where he was a Thomas Moore Scholar (full academic scholarship) and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Gonzaga Law Review.  He holds a B.A. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Engineering.  He is married and has three children.




Updated January 8, 2018

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