Randolph J. Bernard – First Assistant United States Attorney
Randolph J. Bernard is the First Assistant United States Attorney. Mr. Bernard previously served as the Chief of the Criminal Division. Mr. Bernard joined the office in 2002, and has experience prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases, including drugs and violent crimes, firearms, white collar offenses, fraud and tax cases, and child pornography cases.
Mr. Bernard has also served as the District Office Security Manager.
Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Bernard served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Wheeling, West Virginia Resident Agency. Prior to the FBI, he was a litigator with Coolidge, Wall, Womsley & Lombard in Dayton, Ohio.
Mr. Bernard is a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of Ohio Northern University College of Law and a 1984 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Sharon L. Potter – Civil Division Chief
Sharon L. Potter is the Chief of the Civil Division. During the ten years prior to this position, she was a partner at Spilman Thomas & Battle, PLLC where she served as Chair of the White Collar & Compliance Group and Vice-Chair of the Litigation Department. At Spilman, Ms. Potter handled complex litigation, including healthcare fraud, energy/environmental cases, tax/trust issues, personal injury defense and employment discrimination. She also conducted internal investigations for corporate clients facing government inquiry or compliance requirements.
Ms. Potter previously served as both a civil and criminal Assistant United States Attorney in this district, handling financial fraud/tax investigations, health care fraud and violent and drug crimes. She was presidentially-appointed as the United States Attorney from 2006 – 2009.
Stephen L. Vogrin – Criminal Division Chief
Stephen L. Vogrin is the Criminal Division Chief in the Wheeling Office. Mr. Vogrin joined the office in 2012, and has experience prosecuting a wide range of criminal cases, including drugs and violent crimes, firearms, immigration, sexual assault, and child pornography cases. Mr. Vogrin has also served as the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the office.
Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Vogrin was an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in Ohio County, West Virginia for 12 years. Mr. Vogrin was the gun and violent crime prosecutor during his tenure at the Ohio County Prosecutors Office. Mr. Vogrin successfully prosecuted cases involving Murder, Robbery, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, Burglary, Malicious Assault, Firearms Violations, Drug Violations, and Child Victim crimes.
A graduate of Wheeling Park High School, Mr. Vogrin received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bethany College and a Law Degree from West Virginia University.
Fawn E. Thomas – Administrative Officer
Fawn E. Thomas is the Administrative Officer, serving as the Chief of the Administrative Division and as the primary advisor to the United States Attorney for planning and managing all office resources.
Ms. Thomas has been with the office since 1983, and prior to her appointment as Administrative Officer, she served as the Public Affairs Specialist and the Human Resource Specialist.
Ms. Thomas has previously served as an EEO Investigator for the Executive Office for United States Attorneys and an Evaluation and Review Staff Evaluator. Ms. Thomas also served on the Administrative Officers' Working Group.
Erin Reisenweber - Branch Office Supervisor Martinsburg
Erin Reisenweber is a civil AUSA in the Martinsburg office. She has been with the office for 12 years. Prior to being an AUSA, Erin was the Deputy in Charge of the U.S. District Clerk’s Office in Martinsburg for a short period of time. Before that she was a law clerk to the Hon. W. Craig Broadwater, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia, and to the Hon. Christopher C. Wilkes, Berkeley County Circuit Court. Erin is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law. She and her husband John have three children: Jack (16), Lilly (14) and Ben (13). Erin spends most of her free time cheering her children on at their baseball games or swim meets and loves every minute of it!
Andrew Cogar - Branch Office Supervisor Clarksburg
Andrew Cogar is the branch office supervisor in the Clarksburg office. Since joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2007, Mr. Cogar has prosecuted white collar crimes, drug and violent crimes, firearm offenses, and public corruption. He also co-founded and co-chairs the West Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force, and recently served as Senior Litigation Counsel in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
A proud native of Gassaway, Mr. Cogar earned degrees in communication studies and mathematics from West Virginia University, graduating summa cum laude. While at WVU, Mr. Cogar also had the honor of serving as the Mountaineer mascot for two years. He then studied mathematics and philosophy at the University of Glamorgan in Wales as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. Mr. Cogar subsequently graduated with highest honors from the WVU College of Law, where he served as editor-in-chief of the West Virginia Law Review. Before becoming an AUSA, he completed a clerkship with United States District Court Judge Irene M. Keeley and worked as a trial attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. .
Updated March 4, 2020