Chad T. Sarchio

Chad Sarchio

Chad T. Sarchio

Professorial Lecturer in Law


2000 H Street, NW Washington DC 20052

Chad Sarchio currently serves as senior counsel for intelligence law at the Drug Enforcement Administration, where he has practiced international law; received the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in national security; and served as Chief of Staff to a prior Administrator. He is a former federal prosecutor who spent more than six years with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia, where he successfully prosecuted hundreds of federal and local criminal cases involving charges ranging from murder to fraud to public corruption. Mr. Sarchio has tried more than 70 jury and bench trials, conducted scores of grand jury investigations, and presented numerous appellate briefs and arguments. He also worked as investigative counsel during a six-month detail with the Senate Select Investigation into Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Sarchio spent the first four years of his career as an active duty Army JAG. During that time he provided legal assistance to hundreds of soldiers and their family members at Fort Bragg, NC, investigated and negotiated more than $3 million in claims while deployed to the Balkans as the Senior Foreign Claims Commissioner for Bosnia, and served as Military Legal Counsel to the Army’s Auditor General. He retired from the Army in 2019 after twenty more years in the Reserves working as a military judge, trial advocacy instructor, defense counsel, and in increasingly senior leadership roles. Mr. Sarchio earned an MS in National Security Strategy from the National War College in 2019.

He served as the 50th president of the DC Bar and on its Board of Governors (2020-23), is a current Board of Visitors member for Duke University’s School of Public Policy, is a past president of the Assistant U.S. Attorneys Association of DC and the Taylor Run Citizens’ Association, was a member of the GW Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors, and received GW Law’s J. William Fulbright Distinguished Public Service Award (2020). Mr. Sarchio has taught trial and pre-trial advocacy, including as an adjunct professor at the Army’s JAG school, at DOJ's National Advocacy Center, and with Prof. Saltzburg's College of Trial Advocacy since 2002. He also instructed 1Ls in GW Law’s Legal Research & Writing/Oral Advocacy program.

BA, Duke University; JD, George Washington University; MS, National War College

  • 6683 - College of Trial Advocacy (Saltzburg)
  • 6684 - Pre-trial Practice in Criminal Cases