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Senior Litigation Counsel Named for the District of Rhode Island

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha has announced the appointment of Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams as Senior Litigation Counsel (SLC) for the District of Rhode Island. Mr. McAdams, who has been a federal prosecutor since 2002, replaces Assistant U.S. Attorney William J. Ferland who was named Criminal Division Chief in July.

As SLC, Mr. McAdams is charged with dealing with some of the most difficult and complex legal matters, under the direct supervision of the United States Attorney. Mr. McAdams is responsible for organizing, preparing and directing complex, and at times novel, investigations and proceedings leading to litigation. The SLC is often consulted for advice by supervisors and prosecutors of the Office’s legal divisions. The SLC is also responsible for developing and implementing litigation-oriented training programs.

In the making the announcement, United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha said, “John is an exceptional attorney, with a breadth of experience, and I know that he will provide sound advice to me as well as to all of the prosecutors in this office.”

Prior to joining the United States Attorney’s Office in Rhode Island in 2007, Mr. McAdams served as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice’s Tax Division from 2002-2007. He also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia in 2003.

At present, Mr. McAdams serves as the Civil Rights coordinator, public corruption coordinator and Tribal Liaison for the District. In 2014, Mr. McAdams received the prestigious Executive Office of United States Attorneys Director’s Award for superior performance by a criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney for his efforts in the prosecution of Joseph Caramadre.

Mr. McAdams graduated from Saint Anselm College in 1995. He earned his Juris Doctor and graduated from Boston College Law School in 2002.

After graduating from Saint Anselm College and prior to attending Boston College Law School, Mr. McAdams served as a full-time volunteer teacher for at-risk youth on the Colville Indian Reservation in the state of Washington, and as a full-time volunteer at Amate House in Chicago, IL, where he developed and directed a high-profile organization for at-risk youth.



Jim Martin (401) 709-5357


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Updated August 22, 2016

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 16-86