David Schwendiman served as Specialist Prosecutor between 1 September 2016, when the Special Investigative Task Force (SITF) transitioned into the Specialist Prosecutor’s Office (SPO), and 31 March 2018, having been Lead Prosecutor of the SITF from May 2015.
Mr Schwendiman is a former US Federal Prosecutor and one-time Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Special Department for War Crimes in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Before joining the SITF, he worked in Kabul, Afghanistan, as Assistant Special Inspector General/Director of Forward Planning for the US Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction and, before that, as US Department of Justice Attaché at the US Embassy.
Between 2006 and 2009, Mr Schwendiman served as an international prosecutor in the Special Department for War Crimes of the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina where he investigated and prosecuted war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia and Herzegovina during the 1992-95 Bosnian War. Between November 2007 and the end of 2009, he was Deputy Chief Prosecutor and Head of the Special Department for War Crimes.
Mr Schwendiman represented the US Attorney General in connection with security planning, preparation and execution for three Olympic Games – Sydney 2000, Salt Lake City 2002 and Athens 2004. He also completed multiple assignments for the US Department of Justice in Bahrain, Bangladesh, Thailand and Vietnam.
Mr Schwendiman began his career as a prosecutor at the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1976. He returned to the Utah Attorney General’s Office in 1984, after serving seven years as a judge advocate in the US Navy, where he attained the rank of Lieutenant Commander. He joined the US Department of Justice as an Assistant US Attorney in the District of Utah in 1986, holding various positions, including Senior Litigation Counsel, First Assistant US Attorney and Interim US Attorney in the District of Utah, before retiring from the US Department of Justice in 2014.
Mr Schwendiman graduated from the University of Utah College of Law, now the S.J. Quinney College of Law, in 1976, and has been an Adjunct Professor of Law there since 1994.