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Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office Announces Supervisory Appointments

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Maryland

The Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced several new supervisory appointments to fill vacancies flowing from the retirement in October of veteran federal prosecutor Barbara S. Sale. Sale served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for 35 years and retired as chief of the Criminal Division. The U.S. Attorney’s Office named the criminal chief’s conference room in her honor.

“Maryland is fortunate to have a deep bench of exceptionally talented Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are dedicated to the goals of promoting justice, enhancing public safety and security, protecting government property and building confidence in law enforcement,” said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein. “Barbara Sale earned universal admiration for her intelligence, fairness and devotion to public service. Our new supervisors and their colleagues will carry forward the proud legacy of the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office and maintain its commitment to excellence, integrity and achievement.”


James A. Crowell IV is the new chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Criminal Division, which includes 66 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 12 full-time Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys statewide. Crowell has been a prosecutor for 15 years, including eight years as a Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA). He has served in the U.S. Army Reserves since 1994 and is now a major commanding a company of the 437th Civil Affairs Airborne Battalion. Crowell graduated in 1996 from Hampden-Sydney College, with a B.A. cum laude in History and French. He earned a J.D. in 1999 from Boston University School of Law, where he was note editor of the technology journal. From 1999 to 2001, Crowell was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles A. Pannell, Jr. in the Northern District of Georgia. He joined the National Criminal Enforcement Section of the U.S. Justice Department’s Antitrust Division in 2001 through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, then moved in 2003 to the Public Integrity Section of the Department’s Criminal Division, where he supervised undercover investigations and prosecuted government contract fraud and bribery. He joined the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007. Crowell received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service award in 2011. He won the U.S. Attorney’s fraud prosecution award in 2009 and the public corruption award in 2011.


Arun Rao replaces Crowell as Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s Southern Division, which includes 21 Assistant U.S Attorneys and 5 full-time Special Assistant U.S. Attorneys who are responsible for federal criminal cases from Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s Counties. Rao has been a prosecutor for 12 years, including five years as a Maryland AUSA and two years as the Southern Division’s deputy chief. He earned a B.A. with high honors from the University of Virginia in 1998, majoring in Government and Foreign Affairs. Rao received his J.D. in 2001 from New York University School of Law, where he was on the moot court board. After law school, Rao worked for one year as an associate at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. He then clerked for Judge Julia Smith Gibbons of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 2002 to 2003. After completing his clerkship, Rao served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan for four years. He was an AUSA for the Western District of Tennessee for three years before he transferred to Maryland in 2010. Rao also served on detail at the Office of the White House Counsel from 2012 to 2013 and as the Professional Responsibility Officer for the Southern Division.

Kristi O’Malley is the Principal Deputy Chief for the Southern Division. O’Malley has been a Maryland AUSA for five years. She earned a B.A. summa cum laude in International Relations from Claremont McKenna College in 1999. She then completed a year of course work at Moscow State University and worked for two years as a program analyst with the Justice Department’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance & Training. O’Malley received a J.D. in 2005 from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, an editor of the international law journal and a winner of the moot court competition. She worked for one year as an associate at Latham & Watkins, then clerked for one year for U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan in Washington, DC. O’Malley returned to Latham & Watkins from 2007 until she joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2010. O’Malley started in the Baltimore Major Crimes Section and later transferred to the Southern Division, where she has managed the Project Safe Childhood and law clerk programs and served as the civil rights coordinator. She won the U.S. Attorney’s fraud prosecution award in 2013.

Bryan Foreman is the Southern Division’s Deputy Chief for Litigation. Foreman has been a prosecutor for 25 years, including 18 years as a Maryland AUSA. Foreman earned a B.A. in Government from Georgetown University in 1984 and a J.D. from the University of Maryland in 1987. He was an attorney with the Office of General Counsel for the Securities & Exchange Commission from 1987 until 1990. From 1990 to 1995, Foreman was a trial attorney with the Justice Department’s Fraud Section and a member of the Dallas Bank Fraud Task Force.  Foreman then worked for two years as an AUSA for the District of Columbia before joining the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1997. At the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office, Foreman was the Project Safe Childhood coordinator from 1998 to 2004 and the Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property coordinator from 2007 to 2011. He also served on detail as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of the Virgin Islands from 2011 to 2013.


Deborah A. Johnston has been reappointed to another term as Senior Litigation Counsel for the Southern Division, responsible for training AUSAs. Johnston has been a prosecutor for 32 years, including 21 years as a Maryland Assistant U.S. Attorney. She earned a B.A. in Economics from Catholic University in 1975 and a J.D. from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in 1978. Johnston was a law clerk to Prince George’s County Circuit Court Judge Audrey E. Melbourne for one year, then an Assistant State’s Attorney for Prince George’s County from 1979 to 1984. She served from 1984 to 1985 as an Assistant Public Defender for Prince George’s County, then worked from 1985 to 1988 as an associate with a private law firm. Johnston rejoined the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1988 and served as Chief of the Homicide/Narcotics Unit and as Deputy State’s Attorney. Johnston joined the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1994 and served as chief of the Southern Division from 1999 to 2001. She won the U.S. Attorney’s Barney Skolnik award for prosecuting of a case of unusual public significance in 2000, the U.S. Attorney’s Gary Jordan award for exemplary performance in 2006, and the Justice Department’s Director’s Award for superior performance in 1998 and 2001.

Updated February 4, 2016