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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Acting United States Attorney,
Alana W. Robinson

Acting US Attorney, Alana W. Robinson

Acting U.S. Attorney, Alana W. Robinson

Effective midnight of January 5, 2017, Pursuant to the Vacancy Reform Act, Alana Robinson became Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of California.  The Southern District of California encompasses San Diego and Imperial Counties, and has approximately 3.1 million residents.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office enforces all violations of federal law occurring in the Southern District of California.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office also defends the United States in all civil lawsuits and collects debts owed to the United States.

Alana Robinson joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California in 1990.  She served as the First Assistant United States Attorney from November 2015 to January 2017.  Previously, she served as the Criminal Chief and the Chief of the Criminal Enterprises Section.  Ms. Robinson began her legal career as a litigation associate in the San Diego office of Baker & McKenzie (1989-1990).   She has tried many cases involving a wide variety of federal crimes, including drug trafficking, money laundering, firearms trafficking, manslaughter, child endangerment, bank robbery, exportation of defense articles, alien smuggling and other immigration offenses.  She has extensive experience prosecuting Mexican cartels, outlaw motorcycle gangs, and other criminal organizations.

Ms. Robinson has also served on the Department of Justice’s Electronic Surveillance Working Group.  She is a certified EEO Mediator and is fluent in Spanish.  Ms. Robinson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science/Spanish Literature from the University of California, San Diego in 1985 and her juris doctorate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in 1988.

Updated August 23, 2017