Jimmie Lynn Ramsaur is the Chief of the Criminal Division and has been in this position since January 2009. She was sworn in as an Assistant United States Attorney in September 1987. Since that time, she has handled handled both civil and criminal cases for the office, including asset forfeiture, bankruptcy and FLU. Ms. Ramsaur served as a Team Leader for the General Crimes Section of the office for approximately 1 ½ years. She currently serves as the USAO Giglio Requesting Officer and was previously the office’s Professional Responsibility Officer. As a criminal AUSA, Ms. Ramsaur has handled a variety of cases, including the trial of one of the first health care fraud cases in the country, a wiretap case involving narcotics trafficking that included many of the residents of a small community in Middle Tennessee and the prosecution of a number of individuals who were members of MS-13, a violent street gang.
Ms. Ramsaur graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1987. She was an attorney with Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and an Assistant Metro Public Defender for seven years before entering private practice as a partner in a small all-female law firm in Nashville. Criminal Chief Ramsaur currently serves on the Criminal Chiefs’ Working Group. She participates as a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) for the Discovery Boot Camp, Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy, and Foundations of Leadership courses. She has participated in the development of courses on Professional Responsibility and the EARS training.
Ms. Ramsaur also currently serves on the Sixth Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. She is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Committee where she participated in the complete revision of the Tennessee Rules of Professional Conduct. She also speaks at seminars held by the Tennessee and Nashville Bar Associations. Ms. Ramsaur is a member of the Harry Phillips American Inns of Court.