Melinda Haag is serving as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California after being nominated for the position by President Barack Obama and unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate in August 2010.
As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Haag oversees the investigation and litigation of all criminal and civil cases brought and defended on behalf of the United States in the Northern District of California, which encompasses San Francisco, Alameda, Santa Clara, San Mateo, Marin, Contra Costa, Napa, Sonoma, Mendocino, Lake, Humboldt, Del Norte, Santa Cruz, San Benito, and Monterey counties. She supervises an office of more than 115 Assistant U.S. Attorneys, who handle a high volume of cases that include white collar crime, gang violence and organized crime, narcotics and firearms trafficking, public integrity and civil rights violations, human trafficking and child exploitation, computer intrusions and intellectual property theft, environmental violations, and export enforcement and national security matters. Ms. Haag serves as Co-Chair of the White Collar Crime Subcommittee of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee.
Ms. Haag is an experienced trial lawyer with 26 years of prosecutorial and private sector experience. She has personally handled securities fraud, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, antitrust, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, environmental, civil rights, defense contractor fraud, health care fraud, money laundering, narcotics trafficking, and child exploitation cases. Ms. Haag has served as lead or co-lead counsel in more than 19 jury and bench trials, including a number of complex white collar and civil rights cases.
Ms. Haag is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been included on many lists of top lawyers. Ms. Haag was named five years in a row by Chambers USA as one of America’s Leading Lawyers in White Collar Crime and Government Investigations, identified by Lawdragon as one of 500 Leading Lawyers in America, selected twice by the Daily Journal as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in California, and named five years in a row as one of the Top Women Litigators in California. Ms. Haag received the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Public Service Award in 2003.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Haag spent seven years as a partner with the law firm of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, where she specialized in litigation and trial work. Before that time, Ms. Haag had nine years of experience as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Central District of California and the Northern District of California. Ms. Haag served as Chief of the White Collar Crimes Section in the Northern District, where she supervised the prosecution of white collar, environmental, child exploitation, and civil rights offenses. She was also a litigation associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, LLP and a partner at Landels, Ripley & Diamond, LLP.
Ms. Haag received her J.D. in 1987 from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, and her B.A. in Political Science in 1983 from the University of California, San Diego.