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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 unanimous confirmation by the 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 federal courthouses in Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro. The Office is responsible for prosecuting violations of federal law, to include 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.  

USA Coleman previously served as a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as Legal Counsel to United States Senator Mitch McConnell, and as the Briefing Coordinator to two U.S. Attorneys General at the U.S. Department of Justice.

Most recently, USA Coleman was in private practice in Louisville as a partner at the law firm of Frost Brown Todd. From 2015 through 2017, he was also a volunteer Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney in Kentucky’s 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham, Henry, and Trimble Counties).

He currently serves as Vice Chair of the Law Enforcement Coordination & Relations Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) and as a Member of the AGAC’s Heroin & Opiate Working Group. USA Coleman also serves on the Executive Board of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA).

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

Updated October 5, 2018

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