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Meet the U.S. Attorney

William E. Fitzpatrick

Acting U.S. Attorney Fitzpatrick

Acting U.S. Attorney, District of New Jersey

William E. Fitzpatrick became the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey on March 11, 2017. 

As Acting U.S. Attorney, he is responsible for overseeing all federal criminal prosecutions and the litigation of all civil matters in New Jersey in which the federal government has an interest.  Mr. Fitzpatrick supervises a staff of approximately 135 attorneys and 110 support personnel in Newark, Camden, and Trenton.  

Mr. Fitzpatrick has spent his entire professional career in public service, including 19 years as a federal prosecutor.  He now leads the office where he has served since 2001 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern Vicinages, and First Assistant U.S. Attorney. From 1998 to 2001, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Fairfax County, Virginia, Commonwealth Attorney's Office and as a judicial law clerk in the Alexandria Circuit Court in Virginia.  He graduated in 1990 from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia and in 1993 from Catholic University, Columbus School of Law, in Washington, D.C. 

Mr. Fitzpatrick has prosecuted numerous cases with the Department of Justice, including: a domestic terrorism conspiracy to murder members of the United States military; a public corruption matter involving the acceptance of bribes in exchange for misuse of public office; police officers who deprived individuals of their civil rights by planting evidence, falsifying police reports, and committing perjury; stock fraud; money laundering; narcotics trafficking; kidnapping; and extortion. In addition, in 2009 he was a member of the Guantanamo Bay Detainee Review Task Force.

Mr. Fitzpatrick received an Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 2010 and a Director's Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2009, two of the highest awards within the Department of Justice.

Mr. Fitzpatrick teaches trial advocacy and evidence to newly hired federal prosecutors at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and is an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Justice at St. Joseph's University.

Updated April 7, 2017