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Peter F. Neronha, District of Rhode Island

Peter F. Neronha, U.S. Attorney for the District of Rhode Island Peter F. Neronha was appointed by President Barack Obama as the United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island on September 16, 2009.

A native of Jamestown, Rhode Island, Mr. Neronha graduated in 1985 summa cum laude from Boston College. In 1989, he graduated from Boston College Law School, where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review. Upon graduation, Mr. Neronha joined the Boston, Massachusetts law firm Goodwin Procter, LLP.

Mr. Neronha began a career of public service in 1996 when he was appointed a Special Assistant Attorney General of the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General. He was appointed an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Rhode Island in 2001. In 2002, Mr. Neronha joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha prosecuted criminal cases involving political corruption, white collar crime, and drug and firearm offenses. Immediately prior to being named United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha was Chief of the District’s Organized Crime Strike Force.

Mr. Neronha noted, “My great-grandfather came to the United States from the Azores in the late 1800's, and settled in the small, rural island town of Jamestown, also known as Conanicut Island, founded in 1678. My grandparents were raised there, as was my father, and my wife and I are now raising our own children there. We continue to spend much of our free on time on or near the water, where my great-grandfather, grandfather and father made their living. These deep roots, in one the smallest towns in one of the nation’s original thirteen states, make it a particular honor for me to serve as the District of Rhode Island’s United States Attorney.”