Chairman

Robert James Spagnoletti

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Robert Spagnoletti was appointed in 2012 as the Chairman of the Board of Ethics and Government Accountability (BEGA).   BEGA is responsible for administering and enforcing the ethical code of conduct governing District government employees and public officials, and ensuring transparency of District government operations. 

Mr. Spagnoletti served as the first Attorney General for the District of Columbia from 2003 to 2006 where he was responsible supervising the District's lawyers, and representing the District in its diverse civil, criminal, family, and commercial legal matters; and was also responsible for the operation of the District’s child support system. 

Before his appointment as Attorney General, Mr. Spagnoletti served for 13 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney where he was chief of the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section, prosecuting adult criminal cases involving sexual abuse of adults and children, domestic violence, and child maltreatment. 

Currently, Mr. Spagnoletti is a partner with the law firm of Schertler & Onorato, LLP where his practice focuses on criminal, civil, and administrative litigation.   He represents companies and individuals in connection with local, federal, and internal investigations and advises them on District of Columbia law.  Mr. Spagnoletti served also as the 37th President of the District of Columbia Bar, an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and a member of the District of Columbia Federal Law Enforcement Nominating Commission. 

He is a graduate of Lafayette College, summa cum laude, and of Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude.  Mr. Spagnoletti lives in the District with his husband Bernard and their two sons, Hunter and Anthony.