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With more than 20 years government experience, Johnny Sutton has acquired expertise as a front-line trial prosecutor and a top policy advisor to a Governor and a President. Mr. Sutton runs the Austin office of The Ashcroft Law Firm, which specializes in internal investigations, white-collar criminal defense and helping companies comply with federal law.

From November 2001 to April 2009, Mr. Sutton led one of the largest and busiest United States Attorney’s Offices in the nation. The Western District of Texas covers 93,000 square miles, 68 counties and 660 miles of U.S.-Mexico border. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Sutton managed more than 300 employees, a $28 million annual budget and directed 43,000 federal prosecutions and thousands of civil cases. Under Mr. Sutton’s leadership, the office led the nation in drug convictions, was second in illegal alien prosecutions, won more than 105 public corruption convictions and sent nearly 400 violent criminal gang members to prison.

In 2003, then-United States Attorney General John Ashcroft appointed Mr. Sutton to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee—a panel of 17 U.S. Attorneys that advise the General and help carry out the President’s national goals. Mr. Sutton served from 2003 until 2009 and was chairman for nearly two years.

After leading the Bush-Cheney Department of Justice Transition Team in 2000, Mr. Sutton was named Associate Deputy Attorney General. He held the position until becoming U.S. Attorney.

From 1995 to 2000, Mr. Sutton served as the Criminal Justice Policy Director for then-Governor George W. Bush. Mr. Sutton was the chief policy advisor to the Governor on all criminal justice issues.

From 1988 to 1995, Mr. Sutton was a prosecutor in the Harris County District Attorney’s Office (Houston, TX) where he tried more than 60 first chair felony jury trials and had only three acquittals. He also successfully tried 17 murder jury trials, including seven for capital murder.

Mr. Sutton attended the University of Texas at Austin on a baseball scholarship where he was a two year lettermen and the starting left fielder for the 1983 University of Texas National Championship baseball team. Mr. Sutton was voted the Most Valuable Player of the NCAA Central Regional Baseball Tournament in 1983. Mr. Sutton is fluent in Spanish and conversant in Portuguese.

Mr. Sutton has dedicated his career to defending the innocent and standing up for the rule of law.


January 24, 2014 | News

Sutton on ‘My Fox Lubbock’

The Ashcroft Law Firm released its findings on the investigation into the bidding process for LP&L.

October 25, 2013 | News

Sutton on ‘My Fox Austin’

Johnny Sutton sat down with his local Fox affiliate to discuss Texas gun laws.

July 09, 2013 | News

Sutton and Sullivan on Boston Seeking the Death Penalty

"....I think jurors in a federal case would be very thoughtful and under the right circumstances would vote in favor of the death penalty," said Sullivan.

April 22, 2009 | News

Former U.S. Attorneys Johnny Sutton and John Ratcliffe Join New Ashcroft Law Firm

Former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft continues to build out his unique new law firm on a national level.

April 22, 2009 | News

Update: Ashcroft Forms Nationwide Law Firm

This week we reported that former Attorney General John Ashcroft would found a new law firm.

April 22, 2009 | News

Sutton to join Ashcroft’s law firm

Former U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton has been hired to work in a consulting and law firm formed by former U.S. Attorney General John Ashcroft.

April 21, 2009 | News

John Ashcroft to lawyer up in Texas with Johnny Sutton

The Tex Parte blog reported today that former Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft has joined forces with former U.S. Attorney for the western district of Texas Johnny Sutton to start a firm that will represent people "at a very, very significant level."

April 21, 2009 | News

Sutton and Ratcliffe launch new firm with Ashcroft

Johnny Sutton has a new gig at a new firm. Sutton, the former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Texas, has announced that he’s starting Ashcroft Sutton & Ratcliffe in Texas.