Michael R. Sklaire
Other legal specialties: Commercial litigation, securities enforcement, lender liability
Education: Bachelor’s degree, University of Vermont; law degree, American University Washington College of Law
Current professional activities: National chair, Federal Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section; Criminal Law sections of the Virginia and District of Columbia bar associations
Children: Elizabeth, 8; Katie, 6
Pet: Dog named Winnie
Hobbies: Participating in triathlons, serving as first-grade soccer coach
First job as a lawyer: Trial attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division (Office of Enforcement Operations)
Fan of: “Long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan”
Favorite vacation spot: Jackson Hole, Wyo.
Recently read: “The Wave” by Susan Casey
Career mentors: Assistant U.S. Attorneys Peter Jongbloed and John Durham
What has been your most memorable case?
“In the late 1990s, I was assigned to El Paso, Texas, to prosecute members of the Juarez drug cartel. I lived a mile from the border and could see the tracks of smugglers in the desert near my house. The case resulted in the convictions of kingpins, money couriers and even a retired couple from the Midwest who for years had transported hundreds of kilograms of cocaine for the cartel in their RV without detection.”
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