Wifredo A. Ferrer was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate on April 22, 2010 to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. As United States Attorney, Ferrer is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District. Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Ferrer held the position of Chief of the Federal Litigation Section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.
Ferrer has a long career in public service. After graduating law school in 1990, Ferrer clerked for then-District (now 11th Circuit) Judge Stanley Marcus. Upon completing his clerkship, Ferrer joined the Miami law firm of Steel Hector & Davis in the fall of 1991. After three years in private practice, Ferrer returned to public service, first as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and later as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to then-Attorney General Janet Reno.
After five years at the Department of Justice, Ferrer returned to Miami in 2000 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served in the Public Integrity and National Security Section, the Economic Crimes Section, the Major Crimes Section, and the Appellate Division of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Ferrer handled and tried numerous high profile matters, including international money laundering, health care fraud, narcotics, international human rights abuses, immigration, and firearms offenses.
During his career, Ferrer has been recognized as one of the Top Government Attorneys by both South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Legal Elite. In addition, he received the Attorney General’s Medal in 2000, and Superior Performance and Special Merit Awards for his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Ferrer, a Miami native, received his undergraduate degree in Economics (1987) from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, graduating first in his class. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review, President of his class, and graduated cum laude in 1990. Ferrer attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, in Hialeah, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.