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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Acting Assistant Attorney General Christopher Wray announced today that David E. Nahmias has been appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division.

Since October 2001, Nahmias has served as Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division. As counsel, Nahmias has coordinated investigations and prosecutions of Al Qaeda and other terrorist activity in districts around the United States and in other countries. Nahmias has assisted in policy-making and served as Criminal Division liaison to other federal agencies on terrorism-related issues.

"Over the last two years, Dave Nahmias has been a key legal advisor in the war on terrorism," said Acting Assistant Attorney General Wray. "I am very pleased that we can continue to rely on his experience and insight as we move forward with critical investigations and prosecutions."

Nahmias replaces Deputy Assistant Attorney General Alice Fisher, who left the Department of Justice yesterday. Nahmias will oversee the Counterterrorism, Fraud and Criminal Appellate sections of the Criminal Division, as well as the Capital Case Unit.

“Alice Fisher made tremendous contributions to the Justice Department’s work in both critical terrorism investigations and complex corporate fraud matters,” Wray said. “Our nation is indebted to her for her service.”

Nahmias is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. He attended Duke University, where he graduated second in his class and summa cum laude, and Harvard Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude and was an editor of the Harvard Law Review. Nahmias then clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman of the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia and for Justice Antonin Scalia of the Supreme Court of the United States.

After practicing with the law firm of Hogan & Hartson in Washington, D.C., Nahmias joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Atlanta in January 1995. He initially handled a number of armed robbery, firearms, arson and explosives cases, and worked extensively on the investigation of the Centennial Olympic Park and subsequent bombings that resulted in the indictment of Eric Robert Rudolph. Nahmias then worked in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, where he successfully prosecuted a Georgia State Senator on corruption charges and several personal injury lawyers and chiropractors on tax and fraud charges, and served as the co-lead prosecutor on a major investigation of public corruption in the City of Atlanta and Fulton County governments. His work in Atlanta was recognized in 2002 with the national Director's Award for Superior Performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney.