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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Russell M. Coleman

United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky


United States Attorney Russell M. Coleman

On September 22, 2017, following nomination by President Trump and confirmation by the United States Senate, U.S. District Court Judge David J. Hale swore in Russell M. Coleman 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 persons, including 36 attorneys, 39 non-attorney support personnel, and 7 federal contractors. The Office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the 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 federal law enforcement matters. He served as Senior Advisor and Legal Counsel to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, working during that period as a liaison with Kentucky law enforcement on such efforts as expanding the federal High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA) Program to include Hardin and Nelson Counties, and support for certain sensitive HIDTA interdiction opportunities in Jefferson County. 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, USA Coleman investigated a diverse portfolio of national security, white collar, and violent crime matters. He served as FBI Indianapolis Division’s Back-Up Chief Division Counsel, was a certified FBI Crisis (Hostage) Negotiator, and served as an on-record Media Spokesperson for the FBI’s Indianapolis Division. He was elected as the only Special Agent representative to the FBI Director’s Employees with Disabilities Advisory Committee. Russell was temporarily assigned to the National Joint Terrorism Task Force and volunteered for a 2007 assignment in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in Anbar Province, Republic of 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 for the Hon. Courtney T. Baxter, Commonwealth’s Attorney for the 12th Judicial Circuit (Oldham County). He has been a member of the Kentucky Bar Association since 2004 and currently sits on the Executive Board of the Kentucky Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Other affiliations include Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, FBI Agents Association, and the KY Narcotic Officers Association.


Mr. Coleman grew up in rural Western Kentucky, having been raised in Daviess and Logan Counties, graduating from Logan County High School.  U.S. Attorney Coleman received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky. He received his Juris Doctor from the UK College of Law in 2004 and was awarded his Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude, in 1998. 


Updated November 9, 2017

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