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Gary M. Restaino Takes Office as United States Attorney

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Arizona

PHOENIX, Ariz. – Gary M. Restaino took office today as United States Attorney for the District of Arizona.

President Biden nominated Mr. Restaino to serve as U.S. Attorney on October 27, 2021.The Senate confirmed his nomination on November 19, 2021. Mr. Restaino was sworn into office by the Honorable Chief Judge G. Murray Snow this morning at the U.S. District Courthouse for the District of Arizona.

Mr. Restaino, 53, is assuming the position after having worked in the office for nearly two decades. During that time, he served as the Chief of the Criminal Division in Phoenix from 2012 to 2016 and as the Chief of the White Collar Crime Section from 2008 to 2009. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Restaino was detailed as a Trial Attorney to the Public Integrity Section of the Department of Justice in Washington.

“I thank the President, and Senators Sinema and Kelly, for the trust they have placed in me. I am thrilled at the opportunity to partner with such fine colleagues at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and with the dedicated law enforcement professionals throughout the State. And I look forward to the opportunity to work with the civic and civil rights organizations who hold us accountable and who, with their energy and compassion, help push Arizona to be a better place,” said Mr. Restaino.

As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Restaino handled numerous high-profile matters, including the successful prosecutions of former Fiesta Bowl executives in a scheme to make illegal campaign contributions, and of former U.S. Rep. Rick Renzi for extortion and bribery in connection with a federal land swap deal. Additionally, he prosecuted scores of cases involving investment fraud, money laundering and human smuggling. Aside from his litigation activities, he also collaborated extensively with prosecutors in Mexico and Colombia through the Department’s Office of Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training.

Mr. Restaino received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996 and his B.A. from Haverford College in 1990. Prior to his employment as a federal prosecutor, Mr. Restaino was a civil rights lawyer from 1999 to 2003 with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office, and represented migrant and seasonal farmworkers with Community Legal Services, Inc. from 1996 to 1999. Between college and law school, he served for two years with the Peace Corps in rural Paraguay.           

Mr. Restaino succeeds Glenn McCormick, who had been serving as Acting U.S. Attorney since April 24, 2021.

RELEASE NUMBER:    2021-088_Gary Restaino

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Updated November 23, 2021

Press Release Number: 2021-088_Gary Restaino