Wendy H. Goggin was appointed as Chief Counsel for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on November 1, 2004. As the Chief Counsel, she is responsible for oversight of the legal issues confronting DEA worldwide and for providing legal services and guidance to all components of DEA, and managing DEA's Office of Chief Counsel, comprised of over 70 attorneys and support staff. She is the principal advisor to the DEA Administrator and Deputy Administrator on legal and ethical matters.
Prior to becoming DEA Chief Counsel, Ms. Goggin served as a senior staff advisor to the Director of the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA) as Counsel for Legal Programs and Policy. In that position she was responsible for providing policy development and program support to the 94 United States Attorneys Offices in several program areas including money laundering, asset forfeiture, fraud and affirmative and defensive civil matters. While at EOUSA, Ms. Goggin served as an evaluator and team leader for the Evaluation and Review Staff at EOUSA, providing management advice and support to United States Attorneys.
In May 1998, Ms. Goggin was appointed United States Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee. As the chief law enforcement officer for that district, she was responsible for all criminal and civil litigation on behalf of the United States and provided leadership for multiple law enforcement agency task forces on matters of federal interest including drug enforcement, health care fraud, anti-terrorism and violent crime. She also served on the Health Care Fraud Subcommittee of the Attorney General's Advisory Committee.
Ms. Goggin began her career with the Department of Justice in 1982 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee where she handled the prosecution of violent crime, complex drug, money laundering, public corruption and white collar fraud cases. She has been publicly recognized for her role in the prosecution of corruption in the Nashville Davidson County Sheriff's office, which resulted in the incarceration of the long-time elected sheriff and many of his deputies. Her prosecution of fraud and abuse in the home health care industry, including seizure of the assets derived from fraud against the Medicare and Medicaid systems, was featured on the NBC Nightly News "Fleecing of America." Her successful prosecution of a multi-state methamphetamine drug ring and the murder of a grand jury witness were recognized as an OCDETF case of the year for the Southeast Region.
During her tenure in the United States Attorneys Office, Ms. Goggin was named Senior Litigation Counsel, conducting training for attorneys and investigative agencies on litigation related issues. She has lectured extensively on the prosecution of health care fraud and other criminal litigation issues and has been a frequent speaker at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Institute in Columbia, South Carolina.
Ms. Goggin is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and a 1976 graduate of the University of Tennessee Law School. She is married with two sons.