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Meet the Acting U.S. Attorney


Stephen M. Schenning

Stephen M. Schenning
Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Maryland

Stephen M. Schenning has been a Maryland attorney for over 42 years and has served in the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Maryland for almost 25 years. Mr. Schenning has also served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore County (1975-80); an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Attorney General’s Office (1980-84). He was a principal in the Towson Law firm of Nolan, Plumhoff and Williams, Chtd. (1989- 1997) where he engaged in criminal and civil litigation in both state and federal court.


For the past six years (2011 to 2017), Mr. Schenning has served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney supervising the criminal, civil, and administrative sections of the U.S. Attorney’s Office. In 2001, he served as interim United States Attorney when U.S. Attorney Lynne Battaglia resigned to take a seat on the Maryland Court of Appeals.


On April 26, 2017, with the promotion of Rod J. Rosenstein to the Office of Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Schenning became the Acting United States Attorney for the District of Maryland.


Licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland, Mr. Schenning is a member of the Maryland Bar Association. He is also a member of the Barristers Law Club.


A life- long Maryland resident, Mr. Schenning was born and raised in the Locust Point section of Baltimore City and presently resides in Catonsville.


He was educated at Loyola Blakefield High School, Loyola University of Maryland

(B.A. 1969), and the University of Maryland Francis Carey King Law School (J.D. with honors, 1974) where we was an editor of The Maryland Law Review.


Mr. Schenning served in the U.S. Army where he was a member of the Military Police Corps (1969-71).


Prior to taking the position of First Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2011, Mr. Schenning served as the office Senior Litigation Counsel where, in addition to prosecuting criminal cases in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, he served as the Office Professional Responsibility Officer and was the District’s Point of Contact with the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Section.

Updated May 1, 2017

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