The Specialist Prosecutor

Mr. David Schwendiman, a former United States federal prosecutor and one-time Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Special Department for War Crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina, was appointed Specialist Prosecutor (“SP”) of the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (“SPO”) on 01 September 2016.

Mr. Schwendiman became the Lead Prosecutor of the EU Special Investigative Task Force (“SITF”) in May 2015. He replaced Ambassador Clint Williamson, the first Lead Prosecutor of the SITF.

Prior to starting with SITF in May 2015, Mr. Schwendiman was the Kabul-based Assistant Special Inspector General/Director of Forward Operations for the United States Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), a post he assumed in February 2014. Before joining SIGAR, Mr. Schwendiman served as the United States Department of Justice Attaché at the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, a post he filled from May 2011 until he took on his assignment with SIGAR. 

From 2006 through 2009, Mr. Schwendiman served as an international prosecutor in the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina to investigate and prosecute serious crimes committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992 to 1995 conflict in the former Yugoslavia.  From November 2007 to the end of 2009 he served as Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Special Department for War Crimes.

Mr. Schwendiman represented the United States Attorney General in connection with security planning, preparation, and execution for three Olympic Games – Sydney in 2000, Salt Lake City in 2002, and Athens in 2004. He also completed multiple assignments for the United States Department of Justice in Bahrain, Vietnam, Thailand, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. 

Mr. Schwendiman became a line prosecutor in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Utah in 1987. Before his retirement from the United States Department of Justice in 2014, he held various posts including First Assistant United States Attorney from 1993 to 1998. In 1998 he served as the Interim United States Attorney for the District of Utah. He was an Assistant Utah Attorney General from 1976 to 1977 and again from 1984 to 1987. He served as a Judge Advocate in the United States Navy from 1977 to 1984 attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Mr. Schwendiman graduated from the University of Utah College of Law (now the S.J. Quinney College of Law) in 1976. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the school since 1994.