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Attorney General Holder Appoints Eight New U.S. Attorneys to Advisory Committee

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014

WASHINGTON – Attorney General Eric Holder today announced the appointment of the following eight U.S. Attorneys to serve two-year terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC): André Birotte Jr., Central District of California; Thomas E. Delahanty II, District of Maine; Zachary T. Fardon, Northern District of Illinois; Wifredo A. Ferrer, Southern District of Florida; Kerry B. Harvey, Eastern District of Kentucky; Zane D. Memeger, Eastern District of Pennsylvania; Tim Q. Purdon, District of North Dakota; and Sarah R. Saldaña, Northern District of Texas.

“In the face of daunting staff and resource constraints, our U.S. Attorneys’ Offices are performing tremendous work in their districts across the country, standing on the front lines of federal law enforcement efforts,” said Attorney General Holder. “Each of the U.S. Attorneys who serves on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee plays an indispensable role in guiding the Justice Department’s work as we confront a range of challenging issues and opportunities. I welcome the eight new members of the AGAC I’ve chosen to appoint today, and look forward to working closely with them to take fresh, and smart, approaches to fighting crime and achieving justice across the nation.”

The Attorney General also thanked the following U.S. Attorneys who have completed their two-year terms and are rotating off the committee: Laura E. Duffy, Southern District of California; Timothy J. Heaphy, Western District of Virginia; Brendan V. Johnson, District of South Dakota; Pamela C. Marsh, Northern District of Florida; Carmen M. Ortiz, District of Massachusetts; Robert L. Pitman, Western District of Texas; James Santelle, Eastern District of Wisconsin; Carter M. Stewart, Southern District of Ohio.

Chaired by U.S Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Loretta E. Lynch, the AGAC represents the voice of the U.S. Attorneys and provides advice and counsel to the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys.

A brief bio on each new appointee is below:

André Birotte Jr. was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California on March 4, 2010. He previously served as the Inspector General for the Los Angeles Police Commission from 2003 to 2010 and as an Assistant Inspector General from 2001 to 2003. From 1995 to 1999, Birotte served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Central District of California. He started his legal career as a Deputy Public Defender in the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office from 1991 to 1995. Birotte serves as Co-Chair of the AGAC’s Terrorism/National Security Subcommittee, and as a member of the Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, Civil Rights Subcommittee, Cyber/Intellectual Property Subcommittee, Violent and Organized Crime Subcommittee and White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee.

Thomas E. Delahanty II was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine on July 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment, he served as a Justice for the Maine Superior Court for more than 26 years, and as Chief Justice from 1990 until 1995. From 1981 until 1983, he was a partner in the firm Delahanty & Longley. He previously served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Maine from 1980 to 1981. Prior to this, Delahanty served as a District Attorney for Prosecutorial District 3 for Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford Counties (1975 to 1980); as a County Attorney and Assistant County Attorney with the Androscoggin County Attorney’s Office (1971 to 1975); and as an associate at Marshall, Raymond & Beliveau (1970 to 1974). Delahanty serves as Chair of the AGAC’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Working Group, as a member of the AGAC’s Medical Marijuana Working Group and the AGAC’s Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, and as a participant in the department’s Arab American and Muslim Outreach Program.

Zachary T. Fardon was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois on Oct. 23, 2013. Prior to his appointment, Fardon was a partner at the law firm of Latham & Watkins where he served as the Chair of the Litigation Department in their Chicago office. Previously, Fardon served as the First Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee from 2003 to 2006 and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 1997 to 2003. He began his legal career working as an Assistant Public Defender in the Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office from 1996 to 1997 and as an associate at the law firm of King & Spalding from 1992 to 1996.

Wifredo A. Ferrer was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida on May 4, 2010. Ferrer previously served as an Assistant County Attorney and as Chief of the Federal Litigation Section in the Miami-Dade County’s Attorney’s Office from 2006 to 2010. From 2000 until 2006, he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida. 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. Prior to that, he had been Counsel and Deputy Chief of Staff to the United States Attorney General from 1995 to 2000. From 1994 to 1995, Ferrer was a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. From 1991 to 1994, he had been a Litigation Associate with Steel Hector & Davis in Miami, Florida. From 1990 until 1991, Ferrer was a law clerk to then- District (now 11th Circuit) Judge Stanley Marcus. Ferrer serves as Vice Chair of the AGAC’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture Working Group.

Kerry B. Harvey was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky on May 14, 2010. Harvey previously served as the General Counsel and Acting Inspector General of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services from 2008 to 2010. He was a partner at Owen, Harvey, and Carter from 1991 to 2008; at Prince, Harvey, Brien & Carter from 1986 to 1991; and at Prince & Harvey from 1984 to 1986. Mr. Harvey worked as the Marshall County, Kentucky, Attorney from 1986 to 1994. He began his legal career as an associate at Brown, Todd & Heyburn from 1982 to 1984. Harvey serves as a member of the AGAC’s Health Care Fraud Working Group.

Zane David Memeger was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on May 10, 2010. Prior to his appointment, Memeger was a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP from 2006 to 2010. Previously, Memeger had served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1995 until 2006. From 1991 until 1995, Memeger was an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Memeger serves as a member of the AGAC’s Cyber/Intellectual Property Subcommittee, LECC/Victim/Community Issues Subcommittee, Violent and Organized Crime Subcommittee, White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee and Health Care Fraud Working Group.

Timothy Q. Purdon was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the District of North Dakota on August 24, 2010. Prior to his appointment, Purdon was a partner at Vogel Law Firm from 2005 to 2010; prior to his promotion he also served as an associate at the firm. From 1996 until 2001, Purdon worked as an associate at Dickson & Purdon, and he became a partner in the firm in 2001. From 1995 through 1996, he was an associate at Olson & Cichy. Purdon has also served as a law clerk for the Honorable Bruce M. Van Sickle of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota. Purdon serves as a member of the AGAC’s Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, Native American Issues Subcommittee, Environmental Issues Working Group, and Local Government Coordination Working Group.

Sarah R. Saldaña was presidentially appointed and sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Texas on Sept. 29, 2011. She previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas since 2004, serving as Deputy Criminal Chief for Fraud and Public Corruption since 2009. Ms. Saldaña was an attorney for Baker Botts, L.L.P, from 1987 to 1998, and Haynes Boone from 1985 to 1987. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, U.S. District Court Judge for the Northern District of Texas, from 1984 to 1985. Saldaña serves as a member of the AGAC’s Border and Immigration Law Enforcement Subcommittee, Cyber/Intellectual Property Subcommittee, LECC/Victim/Community Issues Subcommittee and White Collar/Fraud Subcommittee.

The full AGAC membership is listed below:

Loretta E. Lynch, United States Attorney, Eastern District of New York, Chair
Sally Quillian Yates, United States Attorney, Northern District of Georgia, Vice Chair
David Barlow, United States Attorney, District of Utah
Andre Birotte Jr. – Central District of California
Thomas E. Delahanty II – District of Maine
Zachary T. Fardon – Northern District of Illinois
Wifredo A. Ferrer – Southern District of Florida
Richard S. Hartunian, United States Attorney, Northern District of New York
Kerry B. Harvey – Eastern District of Kentucky
Barbara L. McQuade, United States Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan
Zane D. Memeger – Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Wendy J. Olson, United States Attorney, District of Idaho
Timothy Q. Purdon – District of North Dakota
Sarah R. Saldan͂a – Northern District of Texas
Ronald W. Sharpe, United States Attorney, District of the Virgin Islands
Anne Tompkins, United States Attorney, Western District of North Carolina
Ronald C. Machen, United States Attorney, District of Columbia, ex officio
Daniel Bella, Criminal Chief, Northern District of Indiana, ex officio
Suzanne Bauknight, Civil Chief, Eastern District of Tennessee, ex officio
Robert Zauzmer, Appellate Chief, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, ex officio

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A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at http://www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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