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Leadership

Acting U.S. Attorney Jennifer Lowery is leading the SDTX with Executive Assistant U.S. Attorrney Mark Donnelly and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchel Neurock along with Criminal Division Chief Ted Imperato, Civil Division Chief Daniel Hu and Appellate Chief Carmen Mitchell

Read below to learn more about them.

Criminal Chief Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer Lowery

Acting United States Attorney

Lowery joined the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) in 2008, but has been with the Department of Justice since 2000. While with the SDTX, Lowery has served as AUSA in the Major Offenders, Fraud and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force Sections. She has also held the titles of First Assistant USA, Executive AUSA, criminal chief, deputy criminal chief of the Program Fraud Section, acting deputy criminal chief of the Major Fraud Section, senior litigation counsel and ethics advisor.

More information about her is located on the USA page.

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CLC Mark Donnelly

Mark Donnelly

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

Donnelly began his career with the Southern District of Texas in 2009. Since that time, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) with the former general crimes unit as a gang and violent crime prosecutor and as an AUSA in the narcotics and fraud sections. He has also held the positions of lead strike force attorney of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, district anti-gang coordinator and deputy criminal chief of the Fraud Section.  

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Donnelly was an Assistant District Attorney for Harris County, Texas, for eight years. There, he handled jury trials ranging from simple narcotics possession up to capital murder. When he left the office, he held the title of felony chief prosecutor. 

Donnelly holds a B.A. from Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, Virginia, and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.

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General Counsel Mitch Neurock

Mitchel Neurock

Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney

Neurock began his career with the Southern District of Texas in 2001. He first served as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Laredo office, where he handled criminal appellate litigation before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and in habeas matters in U.S. District Court. Neurock became Executive AUSA in 2004, responsible for the office’s attorney recruiting, hiring and training programs as well as the office’s professional responsibility and government ethics programs. 

Before joining the United States Attorney’s Office, Neurock served as an active duty Air Force judge advocate. He continues his service in the Air Force Reserve.

Neurock holds a B.A. degree from Rice University and a J.D. from Washington & Lee University School of Law. He also attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem as a Rotary Foundation Scholar and Raoul Wallenberg Fellow. 

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Ted Imperato

Chief – Criminal Division

Imperato began his career with the Southern District of Texas in 2003. Since that time, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Violent Crimes, Narcotics Enforcement, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force/Organized Crime and National Security/Public Corruption sections. In 2016, he became the deputy criminal chief of the National Security and Public Corruption section. He has been the  Criminal Chief since December 2020.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Imperato was with the Montgomery County Prosecutor’s Office in Ohio for seven years. He has received numerous accolades and case commendations during his tenure with the Department of Justice to include the FBI, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Drug Enforcement Administration and Department of State - Diplomatic Security Service. Imperato was also awarded the Houston Police Department’s Chief of Police Commendation.   

Imperato holds a B.S. in Accounting from Providence College and a J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law. 

He is licensed to practice in Texas. 

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Civil Chief Daniel Hu

Daniel David Hu

Chief – Civil Division

Hu began his career with the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) in 1992. Since that time, he has served solely in the Civil Division as an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), but has also handled criminal cases and argued appeals at the United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Federal Circuit. Prior to becoming the chief of the Civil Division in 2016, he served as its deputy chief.

In 2008, Hu led the first Border Fence condemnation team which dealt with 54 miles of land. From 2014-16, he was part of the team handling Texas v United States, the nationally-recognized case challenging the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy.

Prior to serving as an AUSA, he was in private practice and was a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Norman W. Black.

Hu is currently the Southwest Regional Governor for the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association. He was also past president of the Federal Bar Association - SDTX Chapter, past director of the State Bar of Texas and past Commissioner on the Texas Access to Justice Commission.

Hu was born in New York City, New York. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Rice University in Houston, Texas, as well as a J.D. from the University of Texas Law School.

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Appellate Chief Carmen Mitchell

Carmen Mitchell

Chief – Appellate Division

Mitchell began her career with the Southern District of Texas in 2008. Since that time, she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Appellate Division where she authored direct appeals briefs and post-conviction responses, provided trial assistance to the Criminal Division, reviewed and edited briefs, presented at least 19 oral arguments before the Fifth Circuit and conducted trainings. Prior to becoming the chief of the Appellate Division in 2017, she served as its deputy chief.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she was a Harris County Assistant District Attorney in the Appellate Division in Houston Texas, for 11 years. While there, she worked on over 480 direct appeals, including eight capital murder death penalty appeals, and presented more than 20 oral arguments, resulting in over 76 published opinions. She was also associate counsel on three respondent’s briefs in opposition in the United States Supreme Court while working at the Harris County D.A.’s Office.

Mitchell holds a B.A., cum laude, from Midwestern State University and a J.D., cum laude, from Texas Tech University School of Law.

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Updated March 2, 2021

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