Christian A. Fisanick, Esq.
Chief of the Criminal Division
U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Scranton
In June 2002, Mr. Fisanick was appointed Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Prior to this appointment, he had held the position of Coordinator of Legal Research & Appellate Review for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute since September 1999. From 1991 through 1999, Mr. Fisanick served as the Chief Deputy District Attorney of the Appellate Division of the Cambria County District Attorney’s Office, where he handled all appeals for the office, arguing over 150 cases before Pennsylvania state and federal courts. He had served as an Assistant District Attorney since July 1984. He is certified as a criminal law specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is an examiner for that organization. In addition to serving as a frequent lecturer for the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Institute, he has taught courses for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the West Virginia Prosecuting Attorneys Institute, and Pennsylvania Mothers Against Drunk Driving. In 2001, Mr. Fisanick was the first U.S. prosecutor ever to teach at a law school in the Republic of Lithuania. He has since been honored with the title of Recurring Adjunct Professor of Law. Mr. Fisanick’s many professional publications include three treatises: Pennsylvania Evidence (Thomson/West 2d ed. 1997); Admissibility of Evidence: A Manual for Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers (Thomson/West 2d ed. 2000), and Vehicle Search Law Deskbook (Thomson/West Group 1996). He has also written for The Barrister and Litigation. His law review article, “We’re on the Road to Nowhere: The Automobile Exception to the Warrant Requirement under the Pennsylvania Constitution,” was published in the Widener Journal of Public Law at 8 Widener J. Pub. L. 1 (1998). This past year he contributed a chapter to an Eastern European book on White Collar Crime. Mr. Fisanick graduated Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude, receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Richmond. He received his law degree with honors in 1984 from the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.