People Archive


Harry Litman

LAPA Fellow Traveler
Former Fellow, 2002-2003
Litman Law Firm

Litman Law Firm, One Oxford Centre, 34th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
phone: 412-456-2000; fax: 412-456-2020

While at LAPA
Harry Litman is the immediate past United States Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He received his bachelors from Harvard University and his J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was editor-in-chief of the Law Review. Following law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge Abner Mikva, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and Justice Anthony Kennedy. He thereafter worked in private practice in Pittsburgh and then became a federal prosecutor in the Northern District of California. From 1993-1998, he was Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice, Office of Policy Development. He became United States Attorney in 1998 and served in that position until 2001. In July 2000, he was nominated to a federal judgeship on the United States District Court. He has been an adjunct professor at the law schools of the University of California, Berkeley, Georgetown University, and the University of Pittsburgh, and he has published a number of articles on criminal law, federalism, and constitutional interpretation. While at Princeton, he will be working on a theoretical article on prosecutorial discretion and an empirical article analyzing arrests for drug crimes, and he will also teach a seminar on the nature and scope of the federal criminal law.
Life after LAPA: 
Harry Litman currently divides his time between teaching, writing, and private practice. He is a Visiting Lecturer at Princeton, where in the last two years he has taught a Policy Task Force on the Death Penalty and a Seminar on War and Civil Liberties. He also is a Visiting Associate Professor at Rutgers University Law School, where he teaches Federal Courts, Criminal Law, and Contracts. He has published a number of articles on constitutional interpretation, federal law and practice, and prosecutorial discretion. In addition, he has written scripts and consulted on several law-related shows for television. In his legal practice, Litman represents corporations, municipalities, and individuals in courts around the country, from state trial courts to the United States Supreme Court, where he has been co-counsel in two recent cases. His chief practice areas are the False Claims Act, constitutional law, and white-collar criminal defense. A member of the Bars of Pennsylvania, California, and the District of Columbia, Mr. Litman is listed in "Best Lawyers in America," Who's Who in American Law, and Who's Who in America.