WASHINGTON — The Justice Department today announced the appointment of Jeffrey A. Taylor to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Mr. Taylor will serve under an Attorney General appointment. He will succeed Kenneth Wainstein, who was confirmed Thursday to serve as the first Assistant Attorney General for the Department’s new National Security Division.
Mr. Taylor currently serves as Counselor to Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales. In this capacity, Mr. Taylor handles a broad array of matters, including oversight of the Department’s national security, terrorism, and criminal litigation and policy, as well as the operations of the Department’s law enforcement components. Mr. Taylor served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of California from 1995–1999, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal matters, including international drug trafficking organizations. From 1999-2002, Mr. Taylor served as Counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on the Judiciary, working on issues including criminal law, terrorism, and national security.
“Jeff is a dedicated public servant and a valued advisor. He will continue to be an asset to the Department of Justice in his new capacity as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. I know that his legal skills, leadership ability, and personable approach to doing business will make this time of transition for the U.S. Attorney’s Office very smooth and productive,” said Attorney General Gonzales.
Mr. Taylor began his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable John C. Mowbray, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada, from 1991–1992, and then worked for three years in private practice. He obtained his J.D. from Harvard Law School and his B.A. from Stanford University.