UNITED STATES ATTORNEY ANNOUNCES
Memphis, Tenn - Today, United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III announced the appointment
of various experienced individuals to his management team within the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Western District of Tennessee.
Michelle Kimbril-Parks will serve as First Assistant United States Attorney. Parks has extensive
prosecutorial experience in both the federal and state systems. She joined the office as an Assistant United States Attorney in 2007, where she has handled a variety of criminal matters. Previously, she served in the Shelby County District Attorney General’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney for seven years, with her last assignment being that of a division leader for a multiple violators unit.
Joseph Murphy will serve as Chief of the Criminal Division. Murphy has 22 years of experience
as a prosecutor and has handled the wide variety of criminal cases that arise in the office, including
narcotics, firearms, white-collar, and criminal environmental cases. Most recently, Murphy served as the Chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force unit within the office.
Harriett Halmon, a 31-year veteran of federal service, will continue to serve as Chief of the Civil
Division, a position she has held since 2001.
Vic Ivy will serve as Branch Chief of the Jackson Branch Office. He replaces Leigh Grinalds, who
retired from the office in 2010 with 20 years of federal service. Ivy has spent 21 years in the office as an Assistant United States Attorney.
Lawrence Laurenzi will serve as Executive Assistant United States Attorney. Laurenzi, a career
prosecutor, has previously served as United States Attorney and most recently served as First Assistant
United States Attorney. He joined the office in 1982.
Kevin Ritz will serve as Special Counsel to the United States Attorney, in addition to continuing
to serve as Criminal Appellate Chief. Ritz joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a drug crime prosecutor
in 2005, after serving as law clerk to the Honorable Julia S. Gibbons of the United States Court of Appeals
for the Sixth Circuit. Ritz also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Memphis Law School.
Jerry Kitchen will replace Joe Murphy as the Chief of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement
Task Force unit within the office. Kitchen has over 25 years of prosecutorial experience with both the
federal and state governments.
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III, also announced the appointment of Mary Gruber
as Legal Assistant to the United States Attorney. Gruber replaces Debbie Sykes, who retired from the
office with 37 years of federal service.
United States Attorney Edward L. Stanton, III stated: “I am excited to assemble this team of
talented individuals with significant experience in prosecuting federal crimes and government service.
I am certain these appointments will help continue this office’s tradition of seeking justice and vigorously representing the interests of the United States.”
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