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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints Nicola T. Hanna as Interim United States Attorney for the Central District of California

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

          LOS ANGELES – Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Nicola T. Hanna as Interim United States Attorney.

          The appointment of Mr. Hanna, which will take effect on Friday, is being made pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.”

          “Nick Hanna has earned the respect of California’s legal community as both a defense attorney and as a prosecutor. He spent more than seven years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Justice Department taking on drug traffickers and other criminals,” said Attorney General Sessions. “Now Nick will continue that great work as Interim United States Attorney for the Central District of California. With his expertise and his outstanding record, the people of California can be confident in his leadership.”

          Mr. Hanna is currently a partner at the Irvine office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles from 1990 to 1994, where he prosecuted major drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, as well as violent and economic crimes. From 1995 to 1998, Mr. Hanna served as an Assistant United States Attorney in San Diego, where he focused on investigating and prosecuting international drug cartels.

          Mr. Hanna received his B.A. from the University of California, San Diego, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Georgetown University.

          When Mr. Hanna becomes the Interim United States Attorney on Friday, Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown will resume her role as the First Assistant United States Attorney.

          The Central District of California includes the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo.


Thom Mrozek
Spokesperson/Public Affairs Officer
United States Attorney’s Office
Central District of California (Los Angeles)

Updated December 23, 2020

Press Release Number: 18-001