The United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana is the Chief Federal Law Enforcement Officer for the District. The United States Attorney enforces the federal criminal laws in the Southern District of Indiana in the United States Courts, represents agencies of the United States in civil cases, and argues on behalf of the United States to the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
The Southern District of Indiana consists of the southern sixty (60) counties of the state. The District is divided into four (4) divisions: Indianapolis, Terre Haute, Evansville, and New Albany. Cases are filed in the Division having venue of the action, with certain exceptions (e.g. cases which normally would fall into different divisions but which are related to one another by defendant and/or subject matter will often be accepted for filing in a single Division).
The United States Attorney's Office is based in Indianapolis, with a staffed office in Evansville, and unstaffed offices in New Albany and Terre Haute.
The United States Attorney leads an organization comprised of a General Crimes, Drug and Violent Crime, National Security, Civil and Administrative units.
The First Assistant manages the day-to-day operations of the Office and supervises the manager of each unit as well as the Senior Litigation Counsel and Law Enforcement Coordinator.
The Criminal Chief supervises the General Crimes unit within the office. The Criminal Chief is responsible for case/task assignments and management of the attorneys within the unit, as well as the Victim-Witness Coordinator, and the General Crimes Unit Paralegals.
The Drug and Violent Crime Chief supervises the attorneys assigned to the unit. The Drug and Violent Crime Chief is responsible for case/task assignments, management of the attorneys within the unit, and the OCDETF Paralegal.
The National Security Chief is the primary representative for the U.S. Attorney with the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in the district and the Anti-Terrorism Advisory Council (ATAC), and represents the U.S. Attorney’s Office at the state Counter-Terrorism Advisory Council.
The Civil Chief supervises the Civil unit within the office. The Civil Chief is responsible for case/task assignments and management of the attorneys within the unit, as well as the Health Care Fraud Auditor, the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Auditor, the Financial Litigation Unit (FLU) Supervisory Paralegal and the Asset Forfeiture Paralegal. The FLU is charged with responsibility for collecting debts owed the government and restitution owed to victims of crime.
The Administrative Officer leads the Administrative unit, which provides personnel, financial, space, and information technology services. The unit’s responsibilities include litigation support, information management, telecommunications, procurement, mail, records management, and environmental safety. The Administrative Officer provides guidance on the management of the District’s financial, manpower, and physical resources, and on administrative policies, procedures, and practices.
Each litigating unit has a support staff headed by a Supervisory Paralegal Assistant. Work assignments within the litigating divisions for support personnel are determined by the respective supervisory personnel, in consultation with the unit Chiefs and Administrative Officer.