Angela Povilaitis is a former Assistant Attorney General in the Michigan Department of the Attorney General, Criminal Division, and was the lead prosecutor in the state sexual assault cases brought against former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar. In her role at the Office of the Attorney General, Ms. Povilaitis was tasked with prosecuting violence against women and intimate partner criminal cases throughout the state of Michigan.
Ms. Povilaitis developed a statewide cold case sexual assault project, where she provided technical assistance, case, and trial consultation on matters of intimate partner violence to local prosecutor's offices and police departments throughout Michigan. She has trained state prosecutors annually on sexual assault trial advocacy.
Throughout her career, Ms. Povilaitis has vertically prosecuted hundreds of adult and child sexual assault cases. She has received numerous awards for her work, including being named a 2018 Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year, the 2021 Professional Impact Award recipient from End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI), the first recipient of the Michigan Outstanding Advocate for Victims of Crime Award in 2018, a Notable Woman Lawyer in Michigan by Crain's Detroit Business, and a 2013 Top Gun Criminal Litigator of the Year by the Michigan Department of Attorney General.
Ms. Povilaitis has also participated in several policy groups and initiatives, including the Michigan Model Policy: The Law Enforcement Response to Sexual Assault and the First Responder's Training Video, Sexual Assault: A Trauma-Informed Approach to Law Enforcement First Response.
Prior to joining the Attorney General's office, Ms. Povilaitis served as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office (Detroit, MI) for eleven years, where she focused primarily on the prosecution of child sexual and physical abuse, sexual assault cases with DNA evidence, child homicide, domestic violence homicide, and other serious felony cases.
Ms. Povilaitis is a 2000 Wayne State University Law School graduate and a 1997 graduate of the University of Michigan College of Literature, Science & Arts, where she majored in Political Science. Her current professional focus is on crime victim work and advocacy, especially for victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse.