PLANO (June 20, 2014) – U.S. Attorney John M. Bales announced the appointment of J. Kevin McClendon as the Attorney in Charge of the Plano office of the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas.

Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) J. Kevin McClendon will oversee the daily operations of the Plano office which includes a staff of 31 federal prosecutors, support, and administrative personnel.

Born and raised in Texas, McClendon graduated from Texas Tech University in 1986 and Texas Tech University School of Law in 1989. He has been an AUSA for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Texas since September 2004, serving as the Affirmative Civil Enforcement (ACE) Coordinator, the Professional Responsibility Officer (PRO) for the Criminal Division, Civil Health Care Fraud Coordinator, and the Plano Office Intern Co-coordinator. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McClendon was an Assistant Attorney General in the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of the Texas Attorney General for nearly 10 years, working criminal health care fraud cases. He was also a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Texas, an Assistant Criminal District Attorney in Lubbock County, and worked as an associate at a small law firm.

“I am very pleased to announce that Kevin McClendon has been selected to lead our busy Plano office,” said U.S. Attorney Bales. “He is the epitome of quiet strength which he couples with a wisdom that will serve not only our office well but also our law enforcement partners. Kevin is absolutely the right person to lead us to the next level of achievement.”

The Eastern District of Texas includes 43 counties stretching from the Gulf of Mexico to the Oklahoma/Texas border. There are six staffed offices located in Beaumont, Lufkin, Tyler, Texarkana, Plano and Sherman with a total of 51 federal prosecutors.