Judge Bios

Campbell, John

Appointed: February 13, 1998

Campbell was born in Wooster, Ohio and spent most of his childhood in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, and Nashville, Tennessee. He has been a resident of the District of Columbia for 15 years.

He received his B.A. degree from Yale University in 1975. After college, he was awarded a teaching fellowship with the Yale-China Association, as an English  instructor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, where he spent two years.

In 1981, he received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal. Following his graduation from law school, Campbell worked as a law clerk to The Honorable Jon O. Newman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In 1982, Campbell joined the District of Columbia firm of Arnold and Porter as an associate. Following two years of practice, he entered public service, joining the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice in 1985 as a trial attorney.

Over the next seven years, Campbell handled numerous criminal investigations, trials, and appeals in locations throughout the country, including Virginia, Rhode Island, Florida, West Virginia, New York, Tennessee, Indiana, Louisiana and the District of Columbia. Among the significant cases on which he worked were the successful prosecutions of Arch Moore, the former governor of West Virginia, for extortion, mail fraud, and obstruction of justice; of Judge Robert Collins, a federal district judge in New Orleans, for bribery and obstruction of justice; of the City Solicitor of Providence, Rhode Island, for perjury; and of two FBI agents, in separate cases, for fraud.

in 1991, Campbell joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, as the Chief of the Public Corruption and Government Fraud Section. In that capacity, he supervised all public corruption and fraud investigations and prosecutions in the District involving both federal and local officials. In addition, he was lead counsel in the successful prosecution of Dan Rostenkowski, former Congressman and Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, on charges of fraud and embezzlement.