Neil H. MacBride was nominated by President Obama as the 59th United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and was confirmed unanimously on Sept. 15, 2009. As the District's chief federal law enforcement officer, Mr. MacBride supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the federal government has an interest, in a District encompassing more than six million residents. He oversees the work of more than 250 attorneys and support staff in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News.
From October 2009 through December 2011, MacBride served on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee. Created in 1973, the AGAC represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys. In addition, the Attorney General selected Mr. MacBride to chair the AGAC's Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.
Mr. MacBride has spent much of his professional career in public service. Before serving as United States Attorney, Mr. MacBride was Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice, where he worked on criminal justice and law enforcement issues. He was also an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he prosecuted homicides and narcotics conspiracies, violent crimes, firearms offenses, fraud and property crimes.
In addition to his service in the Department of Justice, Mr. MacBride served as chief counsel and staff director for Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr., Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs, where his work focused on crime and drug policy, counter-terrorism and intelligence matters and corporate fraud. Mr. MacBride also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Henry C. Morgan, Jr., United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk.
Apart from his public service, Mr. MacBride has practiced criminal and civil litigation at a Washington, D.C. law firm now known as DLA Piper. He also served as General Counsel and Vice-President, Anti-Piracy, of the Business Software Alliance, a technology trade association, where he oversaw its global copyright enforcement program.
Mr. MacBride is a graduate of Houghton College (B.A.) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.). He has been a Barrister of the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court since 2004. From 2007 to 2009, MacBride served on the Board of advisors for the Center on Law and Security at New York University Law School.