Richard Downing

Deputy Assistant Attorney General (Acting), U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division

Richard W. Downing has served as Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the DOJ since September 2015. Downing previously served as Principal Deputy Chief of the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. During his tenure, he supervised the prosecution of cybercrimes, oversaw policy and litigation of constitutional and statutory rules for the collection of electronic evidence, and supervised the development of international law enforcement cooperation related to cybercrime. Downing joined the DOJ in 1999. Prior to that, he was an Assistant District Attorney in Philadelphia for seven years. He graduated with a J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1992 and received a B.A. in political science, summa cum laude, from Yale University in 1989.