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United States Attorney Announces
Appointment of Appellate Chiefs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 20, 2010

Memphis, TN - Today, United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III announced the creation of appellate chief positions within the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee. William Siler will be the appellate chief for the civil section, and Kevin Ritz will be the appellate chief for the criminal section.

United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III stated: “As United States Attorney’s Offices have grown larger and federal prosecutions and litigation have become more complex, it is helpful to have experienced appellate litigators focus on maintaining high standards in the office’s appellate practice. Moreover, the Department of Justice has recently emphasized the importance of having appellate specialists within U.S. Attorney’s Offices who can manage and supervise appellate work by Assistant United States Attorneys. This new structure and the appointment of Kevin Ritz and William Siler will reinforce that priority and will better equip our office to represent the interests of the United States on appellate matters.”

William Siler will serve as civil appellate chief. Siler has served as an Assistant United States Attorney since joining the civil section in January 1989. He has handled the wide variety of civil cases that arise in the office, including bankruptcy and commercial litigation, the defense of medical negligence and employment litigation, and the prosecution of healthcare fraud claims. Siler has served as Senior Litigation Counsel since 2007.

Kevin Ritz will serve as criminal appellate chief. Ritz joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in 2005, after serving as law clerk to the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He has prosecuted various violations of federal criminal law, including drug trafficking, money laundering, violent crime, and financial fraud cases. Ritz has served as an instructor on appellate advocacy to federal prosecutors from across the nation at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center. He is also an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Legal Methods Program at the University of Memphis Law School.

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