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John Carlin Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to the Director

John Carlin is Chief of Staff and Senior Counsel to Robert S. Mueller, III, Director of the FBI. As Chief of Staff, Mr. Carlin spearheads priority projects, provides advice and counsel to the Director, and manages the day-to-day operations of the Director’s Office.

Previously, Mr. Carlin served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Director, advising on a wide range of legal and policy matters in the national security, cyber, and criminal arenas.

A former federal prosecutor and experienced Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA), Mr. Carlin served as National Coordinator of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ’s) Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (CHIP) program. The CHIP program consisted of 240 AUSAs and DOJ prosecutors specially trained to prosecute cyber crime and intellectual property cases and to provide advice and instruction on issues arising from the collection of digital evidence.

As an AUSA for the District of Columbia, he prosecuted a range of cases from homicide and sexual offense to cyber, fraud, and public corruption matters. Cases included the prosecution of Mitchell Wade, a defense contractor, for bribery of Congressman Randall “Duke” Cunningham.

Mr. Carlin joined DOJ through the Attorney General’s Honors Program in 1999, first prosecuting criminal cases in the Tax Division before transferring to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2001.

Mr. Carlin earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1995 from Williams College where he was awarded Magna Cum Laude and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 1999 from Harvard Law School where he received the Samuel J. Heyman Fellowship for Federal Government Service and served as Articles editor for the Harvard Journal on Legislation.