US Attorney Sherri A. Lydon
Sherri A. Lydon was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of South Carolina on May 24, 2018. As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Lydon is the chief federal law enforcement officer responsible for federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in the District of South Carolina. She supervises an office of 55 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 61 support staff who are responsible for prosecuting federal crimes affecting the district, including narcotics and firearms cases, gang violence, human trafficking, white-collar crime, securities fraud, public corruption, terrorism and civil rights violations. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.
Ms. Lydon graduated from Clemson University in 1983 and received her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1987. After law school, she practiced with Nexsen, Pruet, Jacobs and Pollard. She left Nexsen Pruet in 1990 to join the United States Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted cases primarily in the areas of public corruption and white-collar crime.
After leaving the United States Attorney’s Office, Ms. Lydon went into private practice with former U.S. Attorney E. Bart Daniel and Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott Schools in Charleston. In 2003, South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster asked Ms. Lydon to be the Chief of the State Grand Jury, a division of the South Carolina Attorney General’s Office modeled after the federal system and responsible for prosecuting complex cases throughout the state. She has been involved in some of the most complex, noteworthy and widely publicized cases in South Carolina’s history. Ms. Lydon was a prosecutor in “Operation Lost Trust”, an FBI undercover investigation involving corruption, narcotics and racketeering activities within the state legislature. She also led the prosecution of South Carolina’s largest securities fraud cases involving HomeGold and Carolina Investors. In March 2014, Ms. Lydon was appointed to the South Carolina Ethics Commission. She served on the Commission as its Vice Chair until 2017.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Lydon was in private practice where she focused on white-collar criminal defense work.