Chief, Criminal Division
Brian Frazier is the Chief of the Criminal Division. In that role, Mr. Frazier supervises all investigations and prosecutions by the U.S. Attorney’s Office (“USAO”) across a wide range of practice areas, which include fraud, cybercrime, public corruption, violent crime, and drug trafficking.
Since 2000, Mr. Frazier has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, first in the Southern District of Florida and then in the Middle District of Louisiana. He has prosecuted violent crimes, financial crimes, narcotics trafficking, public corruption, terrorism, and espionage, and in 2007, secured the landmark conviction of Jose Padilla, the U.S. citizen and designated enemy combatant who trained with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. For this case, Mr. Frazier’s team won the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service, the U.S. Justice Department’s highest honor. From 2008 to 2011, Mr. Frazier served as the Justice Department attaché to the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf Region, where he worked in eight Middle Eastern countries on money laundering, weapons proliferation, threat finance, and terrorism issues. In 2013, Mr. Frazier was appointed Chief of the National Security Section in the Southern District of Florida, and managed domestic and international terrorism, espionage, and weapons proliferation cases. Mr. Frazier came to the Middle District of Louisiana in 2018 and was named Chief of the Criminal Division in 2020. Prior to working at the Justice Department, Mr. Frazier was in private practice, starting his career at Neal & Harwell, a litigation boutique in his hometown of Nashville.
Mr. Frazier graduated from Dartmouth College, the University of Cambridge, and Yale Law School, and clerked for Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Chief, Civil Division
Chase Zachary is the Chief of the Civil Division. In that role, Mr. Zachary oversees all of the wide-ranging affirmative and defensive cases and matters within the Civil Division. This includes cases involving affirmative civil enforcement, asset forfeiture, employment discrimination, common law tort defense, including medical malpractice, constitutional torts (Bivens cases), health care fraud, commercial litigation, including bankruptcy and lien ranking proceedings, the Administrative Procedures Act, National Flood Insurance Program litigation, and social security litigation. Mr. Zachary also oversees all civil appeals and serves as the USAO’s Financial Litigation Unit attorney.