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Gerard R. Vetter Appointed Acting U.S. Trustee for Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, and the District of Columbia

For Immediate Release
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Gerard R. Vetter has been appointed by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland as the Acting U.S. Trustee for Maryland, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia and for the District of Columbia (Region 4) effective July 1, the Executive Office for U.S. Trustees announced today. Vetter replaces John P. Fitzgerald III, who is retiring after 43 years of dedicated service to the department, including the last four years as the Acting U.S. Trustee in Region 4. Under 28 U.S.C. § 585(a), the Attorney General may fill U.S. Trustee vacancies by appointing an Acting U.S. Trustee. 

Vetter joined the U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) in 2010 as the Assistant U.S. Trustee in charge of the Greenbelt, Maryland, office of Region 4, where he served for four years before transferring to become the Assistant U.S. Trustee in the Baltimore office. He was the Region’s Creditor Enforcement Coordinator for many years and has been involved in supporting broader USTP efforts as a member of its Private Trustee Working Group and through service on peer evaluation teams. Before joining the USTP, Vetter was a chapter 13 trustee in the District of Maryland from 2004 to 2010 and prior to that was in private practice. He received his bachelor’s degree in public and international affairs cum laude from Princeton University and his Juris Doctorate from The George Washington University School of Law. 

The USTP is the component of the Justice Department that protects the integrity of the bankruptcy system by overseeing case administration and litigating to enforce the bankruptcy laws. The USTP has 21 regions and 90 field office locations. Region 4 has offices in Baltimore and Greenbelt, Maryland; Columbia, South Carolina; Alexandria, Norfolk, Richmond, and Roanoke, Virginia; and Charleston, West Virginia. 

Updated August 14, 2023

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Press Release Number: 23-681