Neil MacBride

Neil H. MacBride (born October 14, 1965) is a Virginia lawyer who previously served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.[1] The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed MacBride's nomination as U.S. Attorney on September 15, 2009, and he took office three days later. He left office on September 13, 2013.[2] Prior to his appointment by President Barack Obama,[3] MacBride served as an Associate Deputy Attorney General at the Department of Justice.[4]

Neil MacBride
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U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia
In office
September 18, 2009 – September 13, 2013
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byChuck Rosenberg
Succeeded byDana Boente
Personal details
Born (1965-10-14) October 14, 1965 (age 54)
Schenectady, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materHoughton College
University of Virginia

MacBride formerly served as Vice President, Anti-Piracy and General Counsel, of the Business Software Alliance,[4] where he oversaw global anti-piracy enforcement and copyright policy. Prior to that, he served as Staff Director and Chief Counsel to Senator Joseph R. Biden, Jr. (D-Del.) on the Senate Judiciary Committee from 2001-2005. From 1996-2001, MacBride was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.[4] Before his stint in public service, MacBride practiced law with the Washington, D.C. law firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand, Chartered. He also served as a judicial law clerk to U.S. District Court Judge Henry Coke Morgan, Jr. in the Eastern District of Virginia.

He is a magna cum laude graduate of Houghton College (N.Y.), where he received in B.A. in History and the Humanities, and received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a Barrister with the Edward Bennett Williams Inn of Court and serves on the Board of Advisors of the Center on Law & Security at New York University.

He was the lead prosecutor in the Megaupload controversy.[5][6][7][8][9][10] He is also responsible for filing motions in the Grand Jury investigation of WikiLeaks.[11]


  1. ^ "Davis Polk Welcomes Former U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride". 2013-11-21. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  2. ^ Jennifer Koons (August 22, 2013). "Eastern Va. U.S. Attorney Neil MacBride Stepping Down". Main Justice. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014.
  3. ^ McCullagh, Declan (2009-01-23). "Obama picks BSA's antipiracy enforcer for high-level post | Politics and Law - CNET News". Retrieved 2012-05-14.
  4. ^ a b c "Archived copy". Archived from the original on November 30, 2009. Retrieved 2009-12-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Megaupload: U.S. Government Trying to Rewrite the Rules". 2012-07-19. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  6. ^ "New Zealand's High Court Steps Into Extradition Fight Over Kim Dotcom". 2012-06-15. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  7. ^ "Government trying to deny Megaupload fair legal representation". 2012-04-15. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  8. ^ "Megaupload says US trying to change rules to allow prosecution". 2013-04-19. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  9. ^ "Retired judge joins fight against DoJ's "outrageous" Megaupload seizures". 2012-06-14. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  10. ^ "NZ spies knew Kim Dotcom shouldn't have been spied on, did it anyway". 2013-05-19. Retrieved 2014-01-16.
  11. ^ "AFFIDAVIT OF Julian Paul Assange".

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