Thomas T. Cullen was confirmed as United States Attorney for the Western District of Virginia on March 22, 2018, after being nominated by President Donald J. Trump on February 27, 2018. He took office on March 30, 2018. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Cullen is the highest-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Western District of Virginia, a judicial district that includes 52 counties and 38 cities in the western half of the Commonwealth. He directs 64 employees, including 25 Assistant United States Attorneys and 39 support personnel. The office also partners with approximately 17 Special Assistant United States Attorneys from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office and local Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Offices, who prosecute federal cases under the office’s supervision.
The U.S. Attorney’s office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes that occur in the district, including offenses involving violence, firearms, narcotics, terrorism, child exploitation, fraud, and public corruption. The office also engages in civil enforcement actions, defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the government.
Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, Mr. Cullen was a partner at Woods Rogers PLC in Roanoke, where he led the firm’s white collar and government investigations practice and represented individuals and organizations in criminal matters, internal investigations, and complex litigation. Before entering private practice, he served as the Deputy Criminal Chief and an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Virginia, where he directed numerous multi-agency investigations and prosecutions, supervised Assistant United States Attorneys, and coordinated with officials at the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. Mr. Cullen began his career as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Charlotte, NC. As a former prosecutor and defense attorney, Mr. Cullen has investigated, prosecuted, and defended matters involving healthcare fraud, financial fraud, tax offenses, embezzlement, public corruption, racketeering, drug conspiracy, money laundering, and violent crimes.
Mr. Cullen, a Richmond native, received his J.D., Order of the Coif, from William and Mary Law School, and his B.A. from Furman University. Following his graduation from law school, he clerked for United States District Judge Robert E. Payne in the Eastern District of Virginia, and then for Judge Roger L. Gregory, now Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.