WHEELING, W.Va. – Randolph J. Bernard will serve as Acting United States
Attorney beginning on March 1, 2021.
Mr. Bernard was selected to serve as Acting U.S. Attorney by the Executive Office of United
States Attorneys in Washington, D.C. after former U.S. Attorney Bill Powell announced his
resignation effective February 28, 2021.
“We look forward to continuing Mr. Powell’s excellent work under his “One District, One
Mission” motto, as we work to combat the drug epidemic, crimes against children, crimes against
the elderly, combatting violent crime, and the other Department of Justice initiatives,” said Mr.
Mr. Bernard previously served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney and the Chief of the Criminal
Division. Mr. Bernard joined the office in 2002, and has experience prosecuting a wide range of
criminal cases, including drugs and violent crimes, firearms, white collar offenses, fraud and tax
cases, and child pornography cases. Mr. Bernard has also served as the District Office Security
Before becoming an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Bernard served as a Special Agent with
the Federal Bureau of Investigation in the Wheeling, West Virginia Resident Agency. Prior to the
FBI, he was a litigation attorney in private practice with Coolidge, Wall, Womsley & Lombard in
Mr. Bernard is a 1987 magna cum laude graduate of Ohio Northern University College of Law
and a 1984 graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.