Maria Chapa Lopez
Maria Chapa Lopez is currently the Interim U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. She was appointed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on January 5, 2018, and nominated to the U.S. Senate by President Donald J. Trump on May 15, 2018.
Ms. Chapa Lopez has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida from April 2000 to April 2016, prosecuting transnational drug trafficking organizations, complex domestic narcotics trafficking cases, large-scale money laundering cases, and complex opioid cases. From April 2016 to January 2018, she served as the U.S. Department of Justice Deputy Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps, achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Ms. Chapa Lopez received her B.A. from the University of Texas, her J.D. from South Texas College of Law, where she was Assistant Editor of the South Texas Law Review. She received her L.L.M. from the Judge Advocate General’s School, in Charlottesville, Virginia.