Chad T. Sarchio

Professorial Lecturer in Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052
[email protected]

Chad Sarchio currently serves as associate chief counsel for International Law at the Drug Enforcement Administration. 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. He 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. Currently a Major in the Reserves assigned as a Senior Defense Counsel, he leads a team of Army JAGs in representing Reserve soldiers accused of misconduct, crimes, and other malfeasance in a broad array of criminal and administrative proceedings.

Mr. Sarchio has taught trial advocacy as an adjunct professor of criminal law at the Army’s JAG school and at DoJ's National Advocacy Center. He is a past president of the Assistant U.S. Attorney’s Association and the Taylor Run Citizens’ Association, and is a member of the GW Law Alumni Association’s Board of Directors. He has served with Prof. Saltzburg's Trial Advocacy faculty since 2002, and before that instructed 1Ls in the Legal Research & Writing/Oral Advocacy program.


BA, Duke University; JD, George Washington University