Kurt R. Erskine is the Acting U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. As the chief federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Georgia, he oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought in the District on behalf of the United States. Erskine leads an office of almost 110 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 135 support personnel in its mission to enforce federal criminal law, advocate for the victims of crimes, and represent the United States' interests in federal court – including in matters involving domestic and international terrorism, narcotics trafficking, organized crime, gang violence, public corruption, cybercrime, whistleblower actions, financial and healthcare fraud, and civil rights violations.
Acting U.S. Attorney Erskine joined the Department of Justice as an Assistant U.S. Attorney on September 10, 2001 – the day before the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Those tragic events shaped his career, grounding it in a commitment to public service. From 2001 to 2004, Erskine served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Florida, and since 2004, has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia.
During his nearly 20-year career as a federal prosecutor, Erskine has held several leadership positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, including serving as the Deputy Chief of the Narcotics Section, the Deputy Chief of the Economic Crimes Section, and the Chief of the Public Integrity Section. As the Public Integrity Chief, Erskine prosecuted sophisticated and high-profile cases involving bribery, political corruption, and complex fraud. He has also been heavily involved in the Atlanta City Hall corruption investigation. For his work, in 2018, the Department of Justice awarded Erskine with its prestigious Director's Award.
In 2015, Erskine was selected to be the First Assistant U.S. Attorney and served in that capacity until January 2021. As the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, he supervised the Criminal, Civil, Appellate, and Administrative Divisions and was the chief deputy to the U.S. Attorney.