Heather L. Carlton

  • Lecturer

Heather Carlton is an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia, where she prosecutes a wide variety of federal crimes, including racketeering, human trafficking and white-collar fraud. She is the district’s deputy criminal chief and responsible for implementation of the DOJ’s Project Safe Neighborhood initiative.

Carlton previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., where she was the lead prosecutor for the city’s most violent district before becoming a senior prosecutor in the homicide section. Carlton has tried numerous cases in both state and federal courts, and argued appeals before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals and the Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Since graduating from law school, Carlton has also practiced general civil litigation at large firms in Boston and D.C., and, most recently, at McGuireWoods in Charlottesville.

Carlton graduated from the University of Virginia College of Arts and Sciences in 1997 and from the Law School in 2004. She is from Orange County, Virginia. Carlton teaches the Prosecution Clinic with Joe D. Platania.



  • J.D.
    University of Virginia School of Law
  • B.A.
    University of Virginia

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