Director Christopher Wray has named Michael J. Driscoll as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division for the New York Field Office. Mr. Driscoll most recently served as a section chief in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Mr. Driscoll began his career as an FBI special agent in 1996, when he was assigned to the New York Field Office to work counterterrorism matters. He was part of the team that investigated al Qaeda conspirators, including those responsible for the 1998 bombings of U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and the attacks on 9/11. He was transferred to FBI Headquarters in 2003 to work as the FBI’s representative to the al Qaeda Department of the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center.
In 2005, Mr. Driscoll was promoted to supervisor and returned to the New York Office, where he was in charge of the squad responsible for extraterritorial investigations in Africa. He also led the FBI’s counterterrorism efforts in the New York Hudson Valley region and was later promoted to the coordinating supervisory special agent for New York’s Counterterrorism Program.
Mr. Driscoll was named assistant legal attaché for London in 2013, overseeing the Cyber Program and working closely with United Kingdom law enforcement and intelligence services. In 2016, he was appointed assistant special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office’s Cyber and Counterintelligence Programs.
He returned to FBI Headquarters in 2018 as the chief of the Violent Crime Section, which leads the FBI’s Crimes Against Children Program, as well as efforts to reduce violent crime and gang-related violence.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Driscoll was an attorney working in commercial litigation. He graduated from the State University of New York in Albany and received his law degree from Hofstra University School of Law in Hempstead, New York. He earned an Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service in 2002 for his work investigating al Qaeda and the 1998 embassy bombings.