Thomas Spina Jr. is an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) for the Northern District of New York, the Chief of its Civil Division, and the manager of the Albany office. As Civil Chief, Mr. Spina is responsible for overseeing all civil litigation handled by the office. Since his appointment as Civil Chief in 2011, Mr. Spina has made it a priority to build a robust affirmative civil enforcement program by dedicating resources to vigorously pursuing allegations of fraud and abuse in federal programs and civil rights violations. As a member of the office’s senior leadership, Mr. Spina also serves on the United States Attorney’s executive staff, and participates in office-wide policy, personnel, budget, and administrative decisions.
In 1990, Mr. Spina began service as an AUSA in the NDNY’s general crimes section. He was subsequently appointed to serve as the District’s Financial Institution Fraud Coordinator, its Project Safe Childhood Coordinator, and its Computer, Hacking and Intellectual Property Coordinator. In 2008, he was appointed a Supervisory AUSA in the office’s Criminal Division where he supervised seven AUSAs before his appointment as Civil Chief. During his tenure, Mr. Spina has been awarded numerous commendations for his service, including the Executive Office of U.S. Attorneys Director’s Award for superior performance as an AUSA.
Mr. Spina is a 1982 summa cum laude graduate of Siena College and a 1985 cum laude graduate of Albany Law School. Since leaving Albany Law School, Mr. Spina has devoted his career to public service. He began his legal career as a judicial law clerk for the Appellate Division of the Third Department in Albany. Thereafter, Mr. Spina served for four years as an Assistant District Attorney in New York County under the Honorable Robert M. Morgenthau.
Mr. Spina has been an active member of the Albany Law School alumni community. For the past decade, he has supervised Albany Law School interns selected to volunteer at the United States Attorney’s Office. From 2003-2007, he trained and coached Albany Law School teams in the American Trial Lawyers Association student trial competition. He has taught a criminal law field placement course for the Law School since 2012, and was recently appointed an Adjunct Clinical Professor to teach a white collar crime class. Mr. Spina is also co-president of the Bethlehem Youth Court, which is a peer-led alternative sentencing program designed to reduce juvenile crime and delinquency. He also published and co-authored a youth court training manual that has been adopted by youth court programs around the world.