Eileen Decker

Lecturer in Law

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Eileen M. Decker previously served as a United States attorney and was the chief federal law enforcement officer in the Central District of California, a sprawling district based in Los Angeles that encompasses seven counties. During her service, Decker oversaw the largest U.S. Attorney’s Office outside of the District of Columbia, which employed approximately 280 attorneys serving almost 20 million residents. The United States Attorney’s Office prosecutes the entire range of federal criminal offenses, defends the United States in civil actions and represents government interests in tax matters.

After being unanimously confirmed as U.S. attorney by the Senate on June 11, 2015, Decker was given a four-year appointment by President Barack Obama. As part of her duties, Decker served on five attorney general advisory committees ― Civil Rights, Cyber/Intellectual Property, Terrorism/National Security, Violent and Organized Crime and White Collar/Fraud. Along with many of her colleagues who were appointed by President Obama, Decker resigned on March 10, 2017.

Decker was recently named a specialist with the Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, a program that allows her to travel overseas to lecture and consult on issues of importance to foreign institutions and governments.

Prior to becoming a U.S. Attorney, Decker was the deputy mayor for homeland security and public safety for Los Angeles for nearly six years. As deputy mayor, Ms. Decker was responsible for matters related to the Los Angeles Police Department, the Los Angeles Fire Department and the Emergency Management Department. In addition, she was the principal liaison for Los Angeles to all federal law enforcement agencies.

Decker was an assistant U.S. attorney for almost 15 years, during which time she investigated and prosecuted a wide variety of cases. During her tenure, she was the first chief of the National Security Section. She also served as deputy chief of the Organized Crime and Terrorism Section and as deputy chief of Organized Crime Strike Force.

Prior to becoming an assistant U.S. attorney, Decker was in private practice for three years at the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in Los Angeles. She also served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Gary L. Taylor in the Central District of California.

Decker received her undergraduate and law degrees from New York University. She also received a master’s degree in homeland security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School and, in 2007, was a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. In addition, she is a past president of the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles.