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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Russell M. Coleman

United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky


U.S. Attorney Russell M. Coleman

On September 22, 2017, following nomination by President Trump and confirmation by the United States Senate, Russell M. Coleman was sworn-in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky.  As United States Attorney, Mr. Coleman is the chief  federal law enforcement officer in the Western District of Kentucky. 


The Western District of Kentucky encompasses 53 counties with a population of more than 2.2 million, includes two military installations, and four federal judicial divisions with courthouses in Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro.

U.S. Attorney Coleman oversees a staff of 82 professionals, including 36 attorneys, 39 non-attorney support personnel, and 7 federal contractors. The Office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the Western District, including crimes related to firearms, narcotics, public corruption, child exploitation, wire and bank fraud, and terrorism. The Office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.


Mr. Coleman has more than a decade of experience working in positions where he was engaged in state and federal law enforcement matters. He served as Senior Advisor & Legal Counsel to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Prior to his five years in Senator McConnell’s office, USA Coleman served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and worked as Briefing Coordinator to two U.S. Attorneys General at the U.S. Department of Justice. 


While an FBI Special Agent in Indiana, Washington, DC, and Kentucky, Coleman investigated a portfolio of national security, white collar, and violent crime matters. He was certified as a Crisis (Hostage) Negotiator, temporarily assigned to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force, and volunteered for a 2007 assignment in Anbar Province, Iraq.


Most recently USA Coleman was in private practice as a partner at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd, LLC. From 2015 through 2017, he served as a volunteer Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kentucky's 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry, and Trimble Counties).  He has been a member of the Kentucky Bar Association since 2004 and currently belongs to the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Kentucky Narcotic Officers Association, and FBI Agents' Association.


Mr. Coleman grew up in rural Western Kentucky, having been raised in Graves, Daviess and Logan Counties, and graduating from Logan County High School.  He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky.  

Updated January 24, 2018

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