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Assistant Attorney General Caldwell Announces Sung-Hee Suh to Serve as Criminal Division Deputy Assistant Attorney General

Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division today announced that Sung-Hee Suh has been appointed to serve as Deputy Assistant Attorney General overseeing the Appellate, Capital Case and Fraud Sections.

“Sung-Hee Suh is an exceptional attorney with a depth of experience across the spectrum of the department’s practice areas, from white collar to violent crime,” said Assistant Attorney General Caldwell. “The Criminal Division continues to attract extraordinary talent both from within government and from the private sector. I am confident that Sung-Hee will be an excellent addition to the Criminal Division.”

Suh returns to the Department of Justice following 15 years at the law firm of Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP, where she was a partner in the Litigation, Financial Institutions, Securities Enforcement and White Collar Crime, and Regulatory and Compliance practice groups. While in private practice, Suh handled numerous matters involving securities and commodities fraud, public corruption, health care fraud, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the Bank Secrecy Act, and anti-money laundering and economic sanctions violations.

Prior to joining that law firm, Suh served in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York from 1994 to 1999, including as Deputy Chief of the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Suh investigated and prosecuted a wide range of crimes, including murder, drug trafficking, extortion, money laundering and fraud. She successfully prosecuted the acting boss of the Gambino family and more than 60 other members and associates of organized crime families. She also obtained guilty verdicts against a former managing director of a major securities firm, an attorney and an accountant for operating a Ponzi scheme.  

In recognition of her work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, among other awards, she received the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney from the Executive Office for United States Attorneys. In 2011, Suh received the Women of Power and Influence Award from the New York chapter of the National Organization for Women, and in 2012, Suh was recognized in Benchmark Litigation’s inaugural edition of the Top 250 Women in Litigation.  

Suh joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office after working as an associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. She served as a law clerk for the Hon. Robert L. Carter in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She graduated cum laude from Harvard/Radcliffe College, received a Master of Arts degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School.  

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Updated September 15, 2014