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Meet the United States Attorney

Stephen G. Dambruch

Stephen G. Dambruch was appointed United States Attorney by United States District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith on May 4 2018. Mr. Dambruch served as Acting United States Attorney from March 11, 2017, to January 5, 2018, when he was appointed Interim United States Attorney by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. 

As the top federal law enforcement officer in Rhode Island, Mr. Dambruch will continue to focus on reducing violent crime in the District through the Department of Justice’s crime reduction strategy – Project Safe Neighborhoods – and leading coordinated federal, state and local law enforcement efforts to address the opioid crisis across Rhode Island.


Mr. Dambruch was appointed as an Assistant United States Attorney in January 2004; as Criminal Division Chief in February 2007; and named  First Assistant United States Attorney in January 2014.  During his tenure as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Dambruch worked on, among other things, a number of significant narcotics and public corruption matters. In 2006, the Department of Justice sent Mr. Dambruch on a ten-month detail to Baghdad, Iraq, during which he provided legal assistance and advice to the Iraqi High Tribunal in their investigation and prosecution of members of the former Baathist regime.

Prior to his beginning his tenure with the United States Attorney’s Office, Mr. Dambruch served as a state prosecutor with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General for over sixteen years, including appointments as Chief of the Narcotics Prosecution Unit, Chief Prosecutor for Kent, Newport and Washington Counties, and Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

Mr. Dambruch is a 1982 graduate of Providence College. He received his law degree from Boston College Law School in 1985.


Updated October 17, 2018

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