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United States Attorney Announces the Hiring of Two New Assistant United States Attorneys

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Oklahoma

United States Attorney Trent Shores announced today the appointment of Joy Pittman Thorp as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Civil Division and Mark R. Morgan as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division for the Northern District of Oklahoma. They are scheduled to be sworn in Friday, September 21, at 2:00 p.m., at the United States District Courthouse by Chief United States District Court Judge Gregory K. Frizzell.

As an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Affirmative Civil Enforcement unit, Ms. Thorp will prosecute civil actions on behalf of the United States of America to recover damages for fraud and other offenses and impose civil penalties for violations of the federal health, safety and economic welfare laws. One of her primary focuses will be combating the opioid crisis in northeastern Oklahoma. Previously, Ms. Thorp served as an Assistant District Attorney for the 14th and 27th Districts of Oklahoma and as a Deputy Attorney General with the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General. She received her undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University and her J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

As a Criminal Division Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Morgan will represent the United States of America in the prosecution of criminal cases. He joins the U.S. Attorney’s Office from the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office where he worked as an Assistant District Attorney. While there, he served as the director of the Robbery Unit, the deputy director of the Gang and Organized Crime Prosecution Unit, and as a member of the Crimes Against Children Unit.  Mr. Morgan received his Bachelor of Science (cum laude) from Missouri State University and his J.D. from the University of Tulsa College of Law.

“Joy and Mark will be great additions to our team. Both have worked as public servants and understand the challenges we face here in northeastern Oklahoma. Joy will contribute to the vital work of the ACE unit as it strives to combat the ongoing opioid crisis, while Mark brings his expertise in the fight against violent crime.  I look forward to working with both professionals and know their experience will be an asset to our community,” said U.S. Attorney Trent Shores.


Lennea Montandon

Updated September 19, 2018