Donald C. Lockhart
Donald C. Lockhart is a 1987 graduate of Wesleyan University in Connecticut and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 1990. After graduating from law school, Mr. Lockhart served as a law clerk to Judge Stephen S. Trott of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then spent seven years prosecuting health care fraud and bank fraud cases as a Trial Attorney with the Fraud Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, followed by a brief stint in private practice at a Boston law firm.
In February of 1999, Mr. Lockhart was appointed an Assistant U.S. Attorney and Chief of Appeals in the United States Attorney's Office in the District of Rhode Island where he handles the District’s criminal cases in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston. He has litigated over 500 appellate cases.
Some of Mr. Lockhart’s more notable cases include: United States v. Brown, 276 F.3d 14 (1st Cir. 2002) (en banc); Sepulveda v. United States, 330 F.3d 55 (1st Cir. 2003); United States v. Sanchez, 354 F.3d 70 (1st Cir. 2004); United States v. Cianci, 378 F.3d 71 (1st Cir. 2004); United States v. Gonsalves, 435 F.3d 64 (1st Cir. 2006); United States v. Potter, 463 F.3d 9 (1st Cir. 2006); United States v. Barnes, 506 F.3d 58 (1st Cir. 2007); United States v. Urciuoli, 613 F.3d 11 (1st Cir. 2010); United States v. Southern Union Co., 630 F.3d 17 (1st Cir. 2010); United States v. Ciresi, 697 F.3d 19 (1st Cir. 2012); United States v. DeSimone, 699 F.3d 113 (1st Cir. 2012); United States v. Pleau, 680 F.3d 1 (1st Cir. 2012) (en banc); In re Grand Jury Proceedings, 744 F.3d 211 (1st Cir. 2014); and United States v. Caramadre, 807 F.3d 359 (1st Cir. 2015).
In addition to his duties within the Office, Mr. Lockhart also serves as Chairperson of the Advisory Committee on Rules for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit.