Former Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei
Nicholas Ganjei was named the Acting United States Attorney of the Eastern District of Texas on January 20, 2021. As Acting United States Attorney, Mr. Ganjei serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer for the district, which includes 43 counties, four million people, and stretches across 35,000 square miles from the Oklahoma border to the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Ganjei oversees a staff of approximately 120 prosecutors, civil litigators, and support personnel across six division offices and is responsible for all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation involving the United States in the district. Mr. Ganjei is the first person of color to serve as the U.S. Attorney (acting or otherwise) in the district’s 164-year history.
Mr. Ganjei is a career federal prosecutor who has dedicated his professional life to public service. Mr. Ganjei joined the Department of Justice in 2008 as an Assistant United States Attorney and, until recently, investigated and prosecuted fraud, public corruption, and other white collar matters. Prior to this, Mr. Ganjei prosecuted organized crime, narcotics, and human trafficking cases.
Before joining the Department, Mr. Ganjei clerked for the Honorable Richard Allen Griffin of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ralph R. Erickson of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals (previously of the United States District Court for the District of North Dakota). Mr. Ganjei has also taught on the subjects of civil, criminal, and constitutional law, at both the collegiate and law school level. Mr. Ganjei is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.
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