First Assistant Edward F. McCann, Jr.

Edward F. McCann, Jr. joined the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office February 1, 2016 as the First Assistant District Attorney. In this role, McCann oversees the day-to-day administration of the office as well as supervises the legal staff and the nearly 9,000 cases prosecuted by the office annually.

McCann comes to the Montgomery County DA’s Office after serving for 26 years in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. Most recently, he was the First Assistant District Attorney for more than four years. In that position, he oversaw a staff of 300 attorneys and 200 support staff, managed the annual budget, oversaw human resources and worked with city administration, police officials and other law enforcement agencies.

Prior to becoming Philadelphia’s First Assistant, McCann served as the Deputy of the Trial Division (2010-2011), Chief of the Homicide Unit (2002-2010), and Chief of the Felony Waiver Unit (1998-2002). He was an Assistant District Attorney in the law and trial division from 1989 when he joined the office to 1998.


A career prosecutor, McCann has been involved in some noteworthy cases and has taken more than 75 jury trials to verdict as well as litigated hundreds of bench trials. He led the grand jury investigation into the death of Danieal Kelly, a 14-year-old girl who died horribly neglected in her home while supposedly being monitored by the City’s Department of Human Services. He personally prosecuted and obtained convictions on all nine defendants charged in the case.

McCann is a frequent speaker and educator, conducting national trainings for prosecutors, law enforcement and social workers in the investigation and prosecution of cases of physical abuse of children and domestic violence. He is also a frequent instructor on mental health defenses and homicide investigation and prosecution.

McCann is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He received his law degree from Temple University Beasley School of Law and an undergraduate degree in Communications from Boston University.