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Seeking Justice for Victims

Alumni Prosecutors Step Up To Serve

Casey ArmstrongCasey Armstrong ’16

Assistant District Attorney
Kings County District Attorney’s Office

Brooklyn, N.Y.

  • As an ADA with the Special Victims Bureau, manages a caseload affecting some of the most vulnerable victims in Brooklyn. The bureau is responsible for prosecuting sex crimes and crimes against children.
  • Responsibilities include forensic interviews, coordination with numerous city agencies. Trained in handling DNA and medical evidence.
  • Works in one of the largest and busiest district attorney’s offices in the nation, presenting the opportunity for regular court appearances, hearings and trials.

Ryan FaulconerRyan Faulconer ’08

Assistant U.S. Attorney and Public Corruption Coordinator
Eastern District of Virginia

Alexandria

  • Received Director’s Award for 12-defendant prosecution of a nationwide mortgage modification scam that duped more than 3,100 homeowners facing foreclosure out of more than $11 million; the 12 defendants were sentenced to a collective 128 years in prison, including three defendants who went to trial in April 2017.
  • Secured 105-year sentence (longest white-collar sentence in district history) following nine-day jury trial in Department of Defense product substitution and gold smuggling case.
  • Member of trial team that prosecuted former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell; district-wide coordinator overseeing public corruption cases.
  • Helped coach the University of Virginia undergraduate mock trial team, which won the national championship in 2017 for the third time, for the past 13 years.
  • Former trial attorney at the Fraud Section in the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.

Eric GerardEric Gerard ’09

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Middle District of Florida
Tampa

  • Served for three years in Trial Division of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office following a joint J.D.- M.A. program at UVA Law and the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
  • Appointed special prosecutor in Bronx County following recusal of local DA’s office in sensitive domestic violence matter, leading felony grand jury investigation and securing guilty verdict on all counts after multiweek jury trial.
  • Joined Justice Department in 2015 as an assistant U.S. attorney in Florida, handling investigations of white-collar crimes, public corruption, opioid over-prescription, terrorist financing, and narcotics and firearm trafficking.
  • Counsel of record in more than two dozen criminal trials, ranging from an international money laundering conspiracy to murder-for-hire.

Tonya Sulia Goodman ’00

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Western District of Pennsylvania
Pittsburgh

  • Assigned to the Violent Crimes Section, conducting Title III wiretap investigations and prosecuting major drug trafficking conspiracies.
  • Prosecuted 37 defendants in a major interstate cocaine and heroin trafficking conspiracy and secured guilty pleas from all 37 defendants.
  • Active in the office’s efforts to combat the opioid epidemic.
  • Prior to the Violent Crimes Section, was in the White Collar Section, prosecuting complex fraud and embezzlement cases.
  • Formerly assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, 2001-06. Won a conviction at trial in a homicide case in which the decedent’s body has never been found (a “nobody” homicide case).

Chris KavanaughChris Kavanaugh ’06

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Western District of Virginia
Charlottesville

  • Investigates and tries cases involving civil rights violations, threats to national security, white-collar and violent crimes.
  • Represented the United States in more than 30 jury trials and oral arguments before the D.C. Circuit and Fourth U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals.
  • Recently obtained convictions against six defendants for their roles in a violent criminal enterprise that abducted and murdered Waynesboro reserve police officer Capt. Kevin Quick.
  • Received the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service, one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s highest awards, in 2016 for the prosecution of Blackwater contractors for shooting 34 Iraqi innocent civilians, 14 of whom were killed, in the Iraq War’s aftermath.

Vivian KimVivian Kim ’12

Assistant U.S. Attorney
District of Columbia
Washington, D.C.

  • Represents the United States in District of Columbia Superior Court in a wide range of criminal matters, including domestic violence, illegal gun possession, felony assaults, burglaries and robberies.
  • Selected to handle the specialized caseload involving misdemeanor cases of sex abuse, child cruelty and abuse, and vulnerable victims.
  • Argued on behalf of the United States on criminal appellate matters before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.
  • Former associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius representing corporate clients in white-collar criminal investigations, insurance coverage litigation, mass toxic tort litigation, securities litigation and transactional antitrust matters.

Mario LorelloMario Lorello ’10

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Virginia Beach
Virginia Beach, Va.

  • Member of one of the largest commonwealth’s attorney’s offices in Virginia. Practices “vertical prosecution,” where attorneys remain with the case during each phase of the proceedings, from preliminary hearings through disposition.
  • Since 2014, has been assigned to a specialized team of prosecutors dealing with crimes against children, domestic violence and juvenile defendants. Has tried hundreds of cases, including serving as lead counsel on several jury trials for defendants charged with major felonies such as murder, robbery and sexual abuse of children.
  • Works closely with both state and federal law enforcement agencies during each step of an investigation, such as by fielding questions from detectives or visiting crime scenes, screening potential charges or requesting forensic testing.

Angela Mastandrea-MillerAngela Mastandrea-Miller ’99

Assistant U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of Virginia
Richmond

  • Focuses on investigating and prosecuting violent criminal organizations, including street gangs and drug trafficking organizations. Works closely with local, state and federal partners to investigate and prosecute armed bank robberies, kidnapping, murder, human trafficking and more.
  • In 2013, received the Director’s Award for her work in “Operation Phalanx,” a multiyear, multijurisdictional investigation that she prosecuted along with her colleagues and members of the Department of Homeland Security. In all, more than two dozen members of the violent fraudulent document enterprise were arrested and convicted.
  • Worked with FBI agents, the DEA, and state and local law enforcement agencies on a multiyear, multijurisdictional investigation into the Nine Trey Gangsters organization, a subset of the United Blood Nation. Members of the gang received sentences ranging from 78 months to 40 years in federal prison.
  • Was also the lead prosecutor in a multiyear, multidefendant Oxycodone distribution scheme investigation that was spearheaded by the FBI in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies. The doctor was sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for fraudulently prescribing and dispensing more than 200,000 Oxycodone pills.
  • Began her career as a prosecutor in 1999 with the Manhattan District Attorney’s office.

Paul MysliwiecPaul Mysliwiec ’09

Assistant U.S. Attorney
District of New Mexico
Albuquerque

  • Prosecutes cartel-related drug trafficking, firearm offenses involving violent felons and major frauds.
  • Trains federal agents and the state and local police on federal task forces on updates to the law regarding police procedure and the Constitution.
  • Formerly served as a state prosecutor in Brooklyn, following a federal district court clerkship.
  • Before law school, led a mechanized infantry platoon during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.

Areshini PatherAreshini Pather ’04

Senior Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney for the City of Charlottesville
Charlottesville

  • Responsible for the prosecution of felonies.
  • Handles cases that may involve malicious wounding, strangulation, robbery or murder.
  • Specializes in the prosecution of sexual assault, child victim and domestic violence cases.

Kevin RitzKevin G. Ritz ’04

Appellate Chief and Special Counsel to the U.S. Attorney
Western District of Tennessee
Memphis

  • Has written more than 125 federal appellate briefs and argued 30 cases in the federal courts of appeals. Serves as legal adviser and inhouse counsel for the management team of a medium-sized U.S. Attorney’s Office.
  • Ritz either writes, or reviews and edits, every appellate brief and response filed on behalf of the United States in his district. He also manages the office’s extensive docket of post-conviction matters filed by federal prisoners. Before becoming appellate chief, Ritz served as a narcotics and violent crime prosecutor for six years.
  • Ritz has taught appellate advocacy to Department of Justice prosecutors for nine years. He has also served as president of the Memphis/Mid-South Chapter of the Federal Bar Association; as adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Law School; on the department’s Appellate Chiefs Working Group; and on the Sixth Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee.

April RussoApril Russo ’11

Assistant U.S. Attorney, General Crimes Unit
Eastern District of Michigan
Detroit

  • Prosecutes child exploitation offenses, kidnapping, human trafficking, carjacking, bank robberies, drug distribution and identity theft crimes, plus firearm offenses, including the manufacture of pipe bombs and machine guns.
  • Successfully obtained the first convictions for child exploitation enterprise in the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Charged 20 defendants from across the country for their involvement in four different sophisticated international child exploitation rings that were working together to trick children into engaging in sexual activity on web cameras, leading to the rescue of over 50 identified minors.
  • Former assistant district attorney at the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office.

Amanda TurnerAmanda L. Turner ’14

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney
Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney
Norfolk, Va.

  • Prosecuted more than 200 felony and misdemeanor charges resulting from violations of the Criminal Code of Virginia that occur in the city of Norfolk.
  • As a member of the Drug Team, regularly prosecute crimes involving the sale, manufacture and distribution of controlled substances.
  • As a member of the Juvenile Violent Crime/ Domestic Violence Team, regularly prosecuted offenders who committed crimes against children, including sexual assault and acts of physical abuse.
  • Third-chaired an officer-involved shooting jury trial.
  • Assist in training of Norfolk Police Academy recruits in providing in-court testimony.

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