Brendan V. Johnson
Brendan Johnson was nominated by the President as the 40th United States Attorney for the District of South Dakota and was confirmed unanimously by the United States Senate on October 15, 2009. Brendan serves as South Dakota’s chief federal law enforcement officer and supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of civil matters in which the United States government has an interest.
On November 10, 2009, Attorney General Eric Holder selected Johnson to chair the Native American Issues Subcommittee. The Native American Issues Subcommittee is the longest-standing subcommittee of United States Attorneys within the Department of Justice and is focused on improving law enforcement efforts in tribal communities. Johnson is also co-chair of the South Dakota Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee, a member of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Executive Board, and serves on the Department of Justice’s Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee.
Prior to becoming the United States Attorney, Brendan was a federal law clerk in Rapid City for Chief Judge Karen Schreier and later worked as a Deputy State’s Attorney in Minnehaha County where he prosecuted cases ranging from attempted murder to narcotics and domestic violence. In addition to his public service, Brendan practiced criminal and civil law as a partner in the law firm now known as Johnson, Heidepriem and Abdallah LLP.
Brendan Johnson is a fifth-generation South Dakota native and a graduate of the University of South Dakota (B.S.) and the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.). Brendan and his wife, Jana, are the parents of four children.