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Stuart Delery, Assistant Attorney General Civil DivisionStuart F. Delery was sworn in as the Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division on August 5, 2013, following confirmation by the United States Senate.  He has led the Division since March 2012.

As the Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Delery oversees the largest litigating division in the Department of Justice.  Each year, the Civil Division represents some 200 client agencies in approximately 50,000 different matters.  The Civil Division represents the United States in legal challenges to Congressional statutes, Administration policies, and federal agency actions.  These cases concern federal benefit programs; commercial issues such as contract disputes, banking, insurance, patents, and debt collection; international trade matters; enforcement of immigration laws; and civil and criminal violations of consumer protection laws.  The Division protects the health and safety of Americans by defending cases related to national security and by enforcing protections for the safety of food and medicines.  Finally, the Civil Division recovers billions of dollars for taxpayers through affirmative litigation, such as its enforcement of federal consumer protection laws and its record-setting efforts under the False Claims Act, including cases targeting health care fraud, financial fraud, and fraud against the military.

Since joining the Civil Division, Mr. Delery has focused on cases involving national security, health and safety, and financial fraud.  He also co-chairs several working groups of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force established by President Obama in 2009.  In addition, at the Attorney General’s direction, Mr. Delery leads the team of Department lawyers coordinating the government-wide implementation of the Supreme Court’s decision in United States v. Windsor, which struck down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). 

Mr. Delery joined the United States Department of Justice in January 2009 as Chief of Staff and Counselor to the Deputy Attorney General, and later served as Associate Deputy Attorney General.  From August 2010 until March 2012, Mr. Delery served as Senior Counselor to the Attorney General.  Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Delery was a partner in the Washington D.C. office of the law firm WilmerHale, where he was a member of the Litigation Department and the Appellate and Supreme Court Litigation Practice Group, and a Vice Chair of the firm’s Securities Department.  His practice focused on matters involving securities and other financial frauds, internal corporate investigations, and complex litigation in trial courts and on appeal presenting novel questions of constitutional and federal law.

Mr. Delery graduated from Yale Law School and the University of Virginia.  He clerked for Justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Byron R. White of the U.S. Supreme Court, and for Chief Judge Gerald B. Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.


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