Effective January 5, 2018, Alexander C. Van Hook began serving as United States Attorney for the Western District of Louisiana, appointed by the Attorney General. As United States Attorney, Mr. Van Hook oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought on behalf of the United States in the Western District of Louisiana. The Western District consists of 42 of the State’s 64 parishes and geographically encompasses two-thirds of the State of Louisiana.
Prior to becoming Acting United States Attorney on March 11, 2017, Mr. Van Hook served for seven years as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, the second most senior official in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, helping to oversee both Criminal and Civil Divisions. He also served as the Deputy Criminal Chief for three years and the lead Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force attorney for two years. Mr. Van Hook began his career in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1999 and has prosecuted virtually every type of criminal case with a concentration on public corruption, asset forfeiture, money laundering, and other white-collar crimes.
In 2002, Mr. Van Hook received the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the prosecution of a United States national who contracted for the murder of his wife in Haiti. Mr. Van Hook was awarded the Director’s Award again in 2010 for the successful public corruption prosecution of two state court judges.
In 1997, Mr. Van Hook received a Juris Doctorate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. Honors and activities include The Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review, and Chancellor’s List. After law school, Mr. Van Hook clerked for the Honorable Tom Stagg, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, and for Chief Judge Henry A. Politz, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Van Hook is also a 1993 graduate of Centenary College of Louisiana where he majored in Political Science.