United States Attorney Ryan K. Patrick leads the SDTX with his Executive Team - First Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Braley, Executive Assistant U.S. Attorrney Mark Donnelly and Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney Mitchel Neurock - along with the Criminal Division Chief Jennifer Lowery, Civil Division Chief Daniel Hu and Appellate Chief Carmen Mitchell.
Read below to learn more about them.
United States Attorney
Patrick began serving as U.S. Attorney in January 2018. Prior to his federal service, he was in private practice, serving as the managing partner of The Law Office of Ryan Patrick PLLC and senior counsel with HooverSlovacek LLC. He has also served as an Assistant District Attorney in Harris County and was a judge at the 177th state district court.
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First Assistant United States Attorney
Braley began his career with the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) in 2003. Since that time, he has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Narcotics Enforcement, Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) and the Organized Crime section. In 2012, he became the deputy criminal chief of the Narcotics Enforcement/OCDETF Section and later named chief of the Criminal Division in 2017. He has been the first assistant since January 2018.
Beginning in 2010 and while serving the SDTX, he has also taught numerous courses at the University of Houston School of Law.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Braley was with the Garfield County District Attorney’s Office in Oklahoma for seven years and taught at Phillips University and Northern Oklahoma College.
Braley has received numerous accolades during his tenure with the Department of Justice (DOJ) to include the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, DOJ Criminal Division’s Award for Exceptional Service, National OCDETF Case Award, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Honor Award as well as an FBI case commendation. He was also recognized as the Texas Prosecutor of the Year in 2009.
Braley holds a B.S. from Phillips University and a J.D. from the University of Oklahoma School of Law.
He is licensed to practice in Texas and Oklahoma.
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
Donnelly began his career with the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) 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.
Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney
Neurock began his career with the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) 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 (EAUSA) 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.
Chief – Criminal Division
Lowery joined the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) in 2008, but has been with the Department of Justice (DOJ) since 2000. She first served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and then an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the Eastern District of Texas. During this time, she was detailed to Washington D.C. and New York, New York, as a hearing officer for the 9/11 Victims’ Compensation Fund. She later worked in Washington D.C. in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General and Executive Office for US Attorneys (EOUSA), in both their Counsel to Director’s Office and General Counsel’s Office.
While with the SDTX, Lowery has served as AUSA in the Major Offenders, Fraud and Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) Sections. She has also held the titles of Executive AUSA, deputy criminal chief of the Program Fraud Section, acting deputy criminal chief of the Major Fraud Section, senior litigation counsel and ethics advisor. She has been the criminal chief since 2018.
Prior to her federal service, Lowery was an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in the Jefferson County, Texas, District Attorney’s Office for eight years where she prosecuted hundreds of cases, including four capital murders. She served as a grand jury attorney, drug intake lawyer, drug diversion lawyer, misdemeanor chief and attorney and felony attorney.
Lowery holds a B.A. from Texas State University (formerly Southwest Texas State University) and a J.D. from South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.
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.
Chief – Appellate Division
Mitchell began her career with the Southern District of Texas (SDTX) in 2008. Since that time, she has served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) 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.