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Jan. 6, 2010


(HOUSTON) – United States Attorney Tim Johnson, 57, has announced his resignation effective Feb. 13, 2010, and intention to enter private practice with a law firm in the Houston area.

Johnson has served as the district’s United States Attorney since November 2008 following the resignation of former United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle. During his tenure, Johnson has ably managed and overseen the activities of the more than 180 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and a like number of staff in the criminal, civil and appellate divisions in six offices representing the United States in the federal courts throughout a 43-county area.

Working hand-in-hand with federal, state and local law enforcement partners, the office has worked diligently to investigate and prosecute corrupt public officials and law enforcement officers, online child predators, violent and repeat offenders, organized crime involving immigration and narcotics violators, firearms smugglers and white collar offenders involved in a myriad of fraudulent activity ranging from identity theft, Medicare, Medicaid and FEMA fraud to mortgage fraud. On the civil litigation side, the office has secured large settlements in a number of false claims act matters, represented the United States in the border fence litigation and sought to see justice done in matters involving the United States as a party.

“The past almost four years have been the most rewarding of my life,” Johnson said in announcing his pending resignation to his staff district-wide on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. “I have had the opportunity to rejoin old friends and to make many new ones. The work that you do on behalf of the Southern District of Texas and the citizens of the United States is as worthwhile an undertaking as you will ever experience. The dedication and devotion you bring to the office every day helps make the world we live in a better place. Few people have the impact on their community that you have on yours. It has been an honor and a privilege to work alongside each of you. I want to thank all of you for helping to make this the best United States Attorney’s Office in the country. I will miss all of you.”

Johnson graduated from the University of Texas in 1977 with a bachelor of business administration degree, majoring in accounting. Following graduation, he served as a special agent with the Intelligence Division and later the Criminal Investigation Division of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) until 1984 when he graduated from the South Texas College of Law with his juris doctorate degree and began practicing law.  

Johnson joined the United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the Southern District of Texas as an Assistant United States Attorney in 1986, serving in the criminal division prosecuting bank robbery, tax fraud and money laundering and fraud committed against the United States. In 1989, Johnson joined the Houston office of Weil, Gotshal and Manges where he practiced general litigation and white collar criminal defense until 1994. He thereafter opened his own law practice representing individuals and corporations in matters before the United States and its various agencies. In April 2006, Johnson returned to the USAO as the First Assistant United States Attorney under former United States Attorney Don DeGabrielle. 
Johnson is a member of the American Bar Association in which he served as co-chair of the White Collar Crime Southwest Regional Tax Fraud Committee from 1985-2006, Houston Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, State Bar of Texas and is a Life Fellow of the Houston Bar Foundation.

The Southern District of Texas is the sixth largest office in the nation, with an allocated staff of more than 180 attorneys, a like number of litigation support personnel and an annual budget of more than $25 million. With headquarters in Houston, the Southern District of Texas staffs an additional five South Texas offices in Victoria, Corpus Christi, Brownsville, McAllen and Laredo.




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