R. Trent Shores

R. Trent Shores is an American attorney who served as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma from 2017 to 2021.[2]

R. Trent Shores
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United States Attorney for the Northern District of Oklahoma
In office
September 21, 2017[1] – February 28, 2021
PresidentDonald Trump
Joe Biden
Preceded byDanny C. Williams Sr.
Personal details
  • Choctaw
  • United States
Political partyRepublican
EducationVanderbilt University
University of Oklahoma College of Law, (J.D.)

Education and careerEdit

Shores graduated with a political science degree from Vanderbilt University and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.[3]

As United States Attorney, Trent Shores served the citizens of the Northern District of Oklahoma. United States Attorneys General Jeff Sessions and William Barr both appointed Shores to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Council. Shores also served as Chair of the Native American Issues Subcommittee to the Attorney General’s Advisory Council. He was the only Native American United States Attorney during his term of service, prioritizing federal efforts to address the missing and murdered indigenous persons crisis. In addition to his roles within the Department of Justice, Shores led a Presidential Task Force on Protecting Native American Children in the Indian Health Service System, participated on the White House’s multi-agency Operation Lady Justice Task Force, and was an active member of the United States Sentencing Commission’s Tribal Issues Advisory Group.

Prior to becoming United States Attorney, Shores served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Oklahoma from 2007-2017. Shores was the National Security Cyber Specialist for the Northern District and prosecuted cases involving human trafficking and child exploitation, drug-trafficking organizations, public corruption, and white-collar crime. Shores also served as the Tribal Liaison. This followed the beginnings of his career as the Deputy Director at the United States Department of Justice’s Office of Tribal Justice where he addressed a diverse array of criminal and civil issues impacting Native Americans. Shores also served as an advisor to the United States State Department and participated in the negotiation of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.[3]

In March 2015, Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of the State of Oklahoma at the time, appointed Shores as the First Assistant Attorney General.[4] Shores, however, returned a short time later to the U.S. Attorney's Office as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Oklahoma focusing on national security cybersecurity matters and taking down international and domestic human trafficking organizations.[5]

Shores previously served as the deputy director for the United States Department of Justice's Office of Tribal Justice, where he was active in tribal justice issues.[6][7]

Shores is a citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.[3]

On February 8, 2021, he along with 55 other Trump-era attorneys were asked to resign.[8] After nearly eighteen total years of service to the United States Department of Justice, Shores announced his resignation on February 9, effective February 28.[9]

On March 29, 2021, Shores joined Tulsa-based law firm GableGotwals as a Shareholder. His private practice portfolio includes representing clients in Native American law and policy, complex litigation, government relations, gaming law, cybersecurity, and high stakes corporate and government investigations.


  1. ^ Killman, Curtis (September 21, 2017). "Trent Shores sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Northern District". Tulsa World. Retrieved 29 October 2017.
  2. ^ Simpson, Dav (September 14, 2017). "12 U.S. Attorneys Confirmed In Bulk Senate Vote - Law360". Law360. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b c "Meet the U.S. Attorney". 2015-07-14. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  4. ^ "Former assistant US attorney starting new job in AG's office". 2015-03-12. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  5. ^ "Men of Distinction 2015: Trent Shores". 2015-12-18. Retrieved 2018-08-22.
  6. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Second Wave of United States Attorney Candidate Nominations". whitehouse.gov. June 29, 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017 – via National Archives.  This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  7. ^ Krehbiel, Randy (June 29, 2017). "Trent Shores nominated for U.S. attorney for Northern District". Tulsa World. Tulsa World. Retrieved 20 September 2017.
  8. ^ Balsamo, Michael (February 9, 2021). "Justice Dept. seeks resignations of Trump-era US attorneys". The Washington Post. Retrieved February 11, 2021.
  9. ^ "U.S. Attorney Trent Shores Announces Resignation Effective End of February" (Press release). Tulsa, Oklahoma: United States Attorney's Office. February 9, 2021.

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