Richard P. Donoghue currently serves as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of New York. In that capacity, he supervises more than 100 AUSAs who conduct investigations and prosecutions relating to a wide-range of federal crimes, including terrorism, complex white-collar fraud schemes, public integrity offenses, organized crime, street gangs, civil rights offenses, narcotics distribution and health care fraud. Prior to being appointed as Chief of the Criminal Division, Rich served in a variety of positions within the USAO-EDNY, including Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division and Chief and Deputy Chief of the Long Island Criminal Division.
Prior to joining the Justice Department in January 2000, Rich served on active duty in the United States Army Judge Advocate General's Corps for seven years. In the JAG Corps, Rich held a variety of positions, including Magistrate Judge, Senior Trial Counsel (prosecutor), Senior Defense Counsel, and Chief of Administrative Law. Rich's tours of duty included assignments in the 82d Airborne Division and the XVIIIth Airborne Corps, where he served as both an attorney and a paratrooper. His military practice included criminal law, international law, contract law and environmental law, among others. In addition to trying dozens of criminal cases as a prosecutor or defense counsel, Rich represented the Army in complex civil litigation against defense contractors.
Rich is a 1992 graduate of the St. John's University School of Law. In recognition of his efforts and accomplishments, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York awarded Rich the prestigious Henry L. Stimson Medal in 2007 and, in 2009, the Eastern District Association selected him as the recipient of the Charles E. Rose Award.