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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Benjamin C. Glassman, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, today announced the following appointments to his executive and supervisory staff. The appointments were effective last week.
“I am grateful to work with the finest management team any U.S. Attorney’s Office could have,” Glassman said. “They are experienced and dedicated and share a focus in pursuing justice.”
Vipal J. Patel was named First Assistant U.S. Attorney. This position is the number two position in the U.S. Attorney's Office and is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the office. Patel has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2000, first in the Central District of California in Los Angeles, and since 2005, in the Southern District of Ohio in Dayton. Patel served as the district Criminal Chief in 2010. Prior to that, he served as Deputy Criminal Chief in the Dayton office since 2006. He spent his 2011 on a one-year detail to Afghanistan, where he served as an advisor to the Afghan Ministry of Justice and other governmental and educational institutions, as part of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Rule of Law program. Patel received an undergraduate degree from Kent State University in 1988, and his law degree from George Washington University Law School in 1991. Prior to becoming a federal prosecutor, Patel was a litigation associate and then partner with the law firm of Hancock Rothert & Bunshoft LLP (currently, Duane Morris LLP), in Los Angeles. Patel also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton Law School, where he has taught International Law and teaches courses in Cybercrime and Criminal Procedure-Adjudication. He is a Board Member (Secretary) of the Dayton Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and a former Board Member for the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery in Dayton.
Mark D'Alessandro will continue as Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney and District Civil Chief. The Executive Assistant is primarily responsible for personnel and facilities issues, Department of Justice reporting requirements, special projects, and other responsibilities. D’Alessandro served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2010 to January 2016. He has been Civil Chief since 2009 and was Deputy Civil Chief - Columbus from 2001-2009. Before that, he served as a criminal Assistant U.S. Attorney for Health Care Fraud from 1997 until 2001, and was the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1995 until 1997. D'Alessandro is a 1975 graduate of Boston College and a 1979 graduate of the Capital University Law School. He also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio from 1979 until 1995.
D’Alessandro will be assisted in his Civil Chief duties by Matthew Horwitz, who will continue to serve as Deputy Civil Chief. Horwitz was first named to the post in 2014. He has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Cincinnati since 2012. Horwitz graduated from the Ohio State University and received his J.D., with honors, from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He previously practiced at Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati.
Kenneth L. Parker will continue as District Criminal Chief, a post he has held since 2011. Parker began serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Cincinnati Criminal Division in 1999. He has also served as the District’s OCDETF Chief. He graduated from Tuskegee University in 1994 and earned his law degree from Indiana University in 1997. Parker has served as president of the Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, and of the Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati.
Parker will be assisted in his Criminal Chief duties by five Deputy Criminal Chiefs. They are:
Gary L. Spartis, Deputy Criminal Chief - Columbus. Spartis has served as a Deputy Criminal Chief in the Columbus office since 2001. Prior to that, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney beginning in 1987. Spartis graduated from Grove City College (PA) in 1976 and the Capital University Law School in 1979. He served as an Assistant Franklin County Prosecutor from 1981 until 1987.
Brenda S. Shoemaker, Deputy Criminal Chief – Columbus. Shoemaker has served as a Deputy Criminal Chief in the Columbus office since 2009. Shoemaker has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Columbus Criminal Division, since 1997 and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Dayton Criminal Division from 1995 until 1997. She is a 1977 graduate of the University of Cincinnati and earned her law degree in 1988 from Capital University.
Emily N. Glatfelter, Deputy Criminal Chief – Cincinnati. Glatfelter has served as a Deputy Criminal Chief in the Cincinnati office since 2015. She joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati in 2012, primarily handling financial crimes matters. She previously served in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Maryland, beginning in 2006. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Butler University in 1999 and her law degree from the University of Indiana in 2002 before working for Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington D.C. She also clerked for the Hon. David F. Hamilton while he served as U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana.
Laura I. Clemmens, Deputy Criminal Chief – Dayton. Clemmens has served as a Deputy Criminal Chief in the Dayton office since 2009. She began her service as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Dayton Criminal Division, in 2002. She earned degree from The College of Wooster, the University of Southern Californiaer law degree from the University of. Prior to earning her law degree, Clemmens worked as a scientist at the Denver regional office of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mike Hunter, Deputy Criminal Chief – Organized Crime & Drug Enforcement Task Force. Hunter has served as a Deputy Criminal Chief since 2015 and oversees the District’s Organized Crime & Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF). Hunter has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney since 2006, first in the U.S. Attorney’s Offices for District of Columbia and later in the Southern District of Ohio in Columbus. Hunter is a former law clerk for the Hon. John R. Fisher of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, an eight year veteran of the United States Air Force, a 1998 graduate of the Ohio State University, and a 2003 graduate of the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
Douglas Squires will continue as Senior Litigation Counsel. Squires has served as the District’s Senior Litigation Counsel (“SLC”) since 2014. As the SLC, Squires is responsible for legal training and development. For the past 15 years, Squires has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Columbus prosecuting white collar crime, corruption and now terrorism offenses. In 2009, he received the U.S. Department of Justice Distinguished Service Award. From 1994 to 2000, Squires was a state prosecutor in California. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law where he teaches white collar crime. He has authored several published materials on white-collar crime and fraud, including a chapter entitled "Forensic Accounting" in Scientific Evidence in Civil and Criminal Cases, 6th Ed., 2013, Foundation Press, a legal textbook on scientific and technical evidence. Squires received a B.A. from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and his law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law.
Mary Beth Young was appointed as Appellate Chief, with supervisory responsibility for criminal and civil filings in the Court of Appeals and coordination of the District’s appellate practice with other divisions of the Department of Justice. Young became an Assistant United States Attorney in 2012 in Columbus after serving two years as a Special AUSA. Prior to joining the District, Young was in private practice in Columbus and served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Moritz College of Law. Young received her B.S. from the University of Kentucky, her M.S. from Georgia Tech, and her J.D. from the University of Chicago. Following law school, Young served as law clerk to Judge David Sentelle of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, then to Justice Antonin Scalia of the United States Supreme Court.