Michael A. Battle
Former Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys
U.S. Department of Justice
Michael A. Battle began his service as Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) at the Department of Justice on June 6, 2005. EOUSA provides oversight, coordination and support to 94 United States Attorneys' Offices, including 93 presidentially-appointed United States Attorneys, 5,500 Assistant United States Attorneys, and 5,000 support staff employees. EOUSA works with the United States Attorneys' Offices to implement and promote the President's and Attorney General's priority initiatives, particularly efforts to combat terrorism, corporate fraud, human trafficking, obscenity, gangs and dangerous narcotics, as well as efforts to support Project Safe Neighborhoods, the USA PATRIOT Act, the DNA Initiative, Violent Crime Impact Teams, and intellectual property. In addition, EOUSA also serves as a liaison between the U.S. Attorneys and other federal agencies and Department of Justice components.
Prior to his service at EOUSA, Mr. Battle served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of New York from January 2002 to May 2005. Battle has been a member of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys since January 2004, serving on the Subcommittees on Civil Rights, Sentencing Guidelines, and White Collar Fraud. In June 1996, he was appointed by Governor Pataki to serve as a judge on the Erie County (New York) Family Court and was elected the following November to a full 10-year term. From 1995 to 1996, he served as Assistant in Charge of the Buffalo office of the New York State Attorney General. In 1992, he helped to establish the Rochester and Buffalo Federal Public Defender's Offices, where he served until 1995. From 1985 to 1992, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Buffalo, where he served in the General Criminal Division, the Civil Division, and on the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. Following his admission to the New York bar, he worked as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society Civil Division.
Mr. Battle is a past president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York and a member of numerous boards and organizations, including the YMCA of Greater Buffalo Board of Directors, the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the State University of New York at Buffalo Law School Dean's Advisory Council. He is married to Sheila Battle, and has three children named Elisse, Nicole and Michael II.