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First Assistant United States Attorney
Elizabeth C. Coombe

The First Assistant United States Attorney (FAUSA) serves as the senior legal and policy advisor to the United States Attorney on all criminal, civil, national security, and administrative matters, and oversees all personnel other than the United States Attorney.


Criminal Division
Daniel Hanlon, Chief

Assistant United States Attorneys (AUSAs) in the Criminal Division investigate and prosecute violations of the federal criminal laws in the Northern District of New York. Our prosecutors handle cases involving a wide array of criminal activity including violent crimes, drug trafficking, immigration, firearms, child exploitation, fraud, public corruption, environmental crimes, and anti-terrorism. The Criminal Division also works with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies to prevent and deter possible terrorism and related criminal activity.


Civil Division
Thomas Spina, Chief

The Civil Division defends federal agencies and employees in tort claims, constitutional torts, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, and general civil litigation. It also pursues affirmative civil enforcement actions under, inter alia, the False Claims Act. The Civil Division includes a Financial Litigation Unit, which litigates debt collection issues and collects criminal and civil debts owed to the United States and others including judgments, fines, restitution, and penalties.


Appellate Division
Rajit S. Dosanjh, Chief

The Appellate Division is responsible for the litigation of criminal appeals arising from our prosecutions and the oversight of our civil appeals. The responsibilities of the Appellate Division include writing briefs and presenting arguments in Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, assisting other AUSAs in drafting and editing briefs, and conducting moot courts and otherwise preparing AUSAs for oral arguments.


Administrative Division
Michelle Jaeger, Administrative Officer

The Administrative Division consists of Budget and Finance, Human Resources, Support Services, and Office Automation and Information Systems. The purpose of the Administrative Division is to provide a full range of office support, as well as to advise and assist the United States Attorney and management officials on administrative matters.

Updated December 2, 2022