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Meet the U.S. Attorney

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Jay E. Town is the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. He was one of the first three U.S. Attorneys nominated by President Donald J. Trump on June 12, 2017.  Mr. Town was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 3, 2017 and sworn in on August 11, 2017. 

Mr. Town serves as the Chair of the Attorney General’s Servicemembers and Veterans Rights Subcommittee and as a member of the Management, Performance and Personnel Subcommittee, and the Attorney General’s China Initiative Working Group.  He is also the lone U.S. Attorney member of the Attorney General’s Violent Crime Reduction Coordinating Committee.  On April 20, 2018, at the invitation of ATF Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon, Mr. Town joined the National Crime Gun Intelligence Governing Board.

Mr. Town, a former judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, was a prosecutor in the Madison County District Attorney’s Office from 2005, when he moved to Huntsville, until his confirmation as U.S. Attorney.  Town left the District Attorney’s Office as a senior prosecutor handling a full catalogue of crimes, including capital murder, murder, robbery and burglary. Mr. Town also was instrumental in forming the Madison County Veterans Court, one of the first such diversionary courts in Alabama dedicated to the physical and mental health needs of veterans in the criminal justice system.

Mr. Town served in the Marine Corps for 12 years and was honorably discharged in 2008, attaining the rank of Major. Before moving to Alabama, he was outside counsel at a large firm in New Jersey focused on commercial defense of major pharmaceutical, commercial and surety companies involved in litigation with federal agencies.

He has sat on several charitable boards, to include the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a national organization promoting educational, patriotic and veterans’ initiatives directed by the living Medal of Honor recipients. He also served as chairman of the Audit Committee, President’s Advisory Group, and was a member of the Foundation’s Executive Committee. He also serves as a director for America’s Warrior Partnership, which is a national organization that empowers communities to empower veterans through community integration.  Mr. Town is an original board member of The Bennie Adkins Foundation, which provides scholarships to veterans in Alabama. He also was chairman of the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama for two years and a board member for nearly a decade.

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution awarded Town the Medal of Honor for his many charitable activities.

Town has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Alabama-Huntsville in the Department of Political Science with the curriculum focused on executive war powers and the Geneva Conventions.

Town earned a bachelor’s degree in Government & International Relations from the University of Notre Dame in 1995 and received his Juris Doctor from the Seton Hall University School of Law in 1998. He is a member of the State Bars of Indiana, New Jersey and Alabama, and the Supreme Court of the United States.  He lives with his wife and daughter in Huntsville, Alabama.

Updated January 7, 2019

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