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Richard B. Zabel
Deputy U.S. Attorney

Richard B. Zabel is the Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  He was promoted to that position in October 2011 after serving as Chief of the office’s Criminal Division since 2009.

Mr. Zabel first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 1991, where, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he prosecuted a variety of cases involving securities fraud, obstruction of justice, racketeering, firearms and narcotics charges, and argued numerous cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.  From 1996 to 1999, he served as Deputy Chief and then Chief of the Office’s Narcotics Unit.  He received numerous awards, including the Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Department of Justice Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. In 1999, he left the U.S. Attorney’s Office to join the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, where he was a partner until 2009.

Mr. Zabel received his A.B. in Comparative Literature and graduated summa cum laude in 1983 from Princeton University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and was a Fulbright Scholar.  He received his J.D. in 1987 from Harvard Law School where he was Best Oralist in the Ames Moot Court Competition.  Mr. Zabel has taught as an adjunct professor of criminal law at Columbia Law School and the Fordham University School of Law.  He is a member of the New York Bar, the Federal Bar Council, and the New York Inn of Court.

Joon H. Kim
Chief, Criminal Division

Joon H. Kim is the Chief of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to becoming Chief of the Criminal Division in July 2014, he served as the Office’s Chief Counsel since April 2013.

Mr. Kim first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2000, where, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including racketeering, murder, money laundering, securities fraud, firearms and narcotics offenses, tax evasion, and terrorism. He spent his last four years in the Office in the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit, prosecuting violent organized crime syndicates, including Asian gangs and the Mafia. During his tenure, Mr. Kim convicted a number of high-ranking organized crime figures, including Peter Gotti, then Boss of the Gambino Family, for conspiring to kill Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano. In 2006, Mr. Kim joined Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he previously worked as an associate from 1997 to 2000, as a partner in the litigation and enforcement group. His practice there focused on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, as well as commercial civil litigation and international arbitration.

Mr. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1996. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York.

Sara L. Shudofsky
Chief, Civil Division

Sara L. Shudofsky was appointed Chief of the Civil Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in June 2012.

Ms. Shudofsky returned to the U.S. Attorney’s Office from Spears & Imes, where she had been a partner specializing in complex commercial litigation and civil government investigations since 2009, having joined the firm in 2007. From 1991 to 2007, she served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District’s Civil Division, receiving two Director’s Awards for Superior Performance, the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the New York City Bar Association, and the Public Service Award from the New York County Lawyers’ Association for her work. During her tenure, Ms. Shudofsky served as the Chief Appellate Attorney, Deputy Chief of the Civil Division, and Chief of the Office’s Civil Rights Unit.

Ms. Shudofsky graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in 1983, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and from New York University School of Law in 1986. Upon graduation, she was a litigation associate at Kaye Scholer.

Updated May 14, 2015