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Meet the U.S. Attorney

United States Attorney Peter Leary

Peter D. Leary

Peter D. Leary serves as the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia. Effective March 17, 2022, Mr. Leary was appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia by order of Chief U.S. District Judge Marc T. Treadwell. Mr. Leary was previously appointed the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia by order of Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, effective November 17, 2021. Before being appointed as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Leary served as Acting U.S. Attorney since December 2020, and as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District since 2018.

As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Leary is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Middle District of Georgia, which covers 70 of Georgia’s 159 counties, includes Albany, Athens, Columbus, Macon and Valdosta, and has a population of approximately 2,045,000 people. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, fraud, firearms, illegal gangs and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.

Mr. Leary has served the citizens of the Middle District of Georgia as a prosecutor since 2012. Since joining the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO), he has worked as the office’s Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC) coordinator, its Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) prosecutor and as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 2021, along with other members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he received an Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director’s Award for Superior Performance in Prevention and Reentry Activities for work on a campaign aimed at educating youth about gun possession: In 2019, he received the Anti-Defamation League’s SHIELD award with FBI and Department of Justice partners, and he shared the 2018 International Association of Chiefs of Police/Thomson Reuters Award for Excellence in Criminal Investigation with the FBI and GBI.

Raised in Watkinsville, Georgia, Mr. Leary received his B.A. and J.D. from University of Virginia, where he was a Jefferson Scholar. After law school, Mr. Leary clerked for U.S. District Judge Hugh Lawson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Following his clerkship, Mr. Leary joined the Federal Programs Branch of the DOJ through its Honors Program, where he worked extensively with the Intelligence Community.

Updated April 4, 2022

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