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U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan Appointed to Serve on Attorney General Merrick B. Garland’s Advisory Committee

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

DENVER – Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today announced that U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan is being appointed, along with 11 other U.S. Attorneys, to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys (AGAC).  Created in 1973, the AGAC advises the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure, and management impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys and elevates the voices of U.S. Attorneys in Department policies. The first meeting of the AGAC will take place later this spring.

“These United States Attorneys will represent the views of dedicated federal prosecutors across the country, and provide advice and insight into essential matters facing the Department,” said Attorney General Garland. “I look forward to working alongside them in carrying out the Department’s core priorities of upholding the rule of law, keeping our country safe, and protecting civil rights.”

“It is an honor to get the chance to work closely with my colleagues and the Attorney General on important policy matters,” said United States Attorney Cole Finegan.  “It is equally an honor to further the mission of the men and women who work tirelessly every day in the U.S. Attorney’s Office to battle for justice on multiple fronts.”

The appointees to the AGAC include U.S. Attorney Damian Williams for the Southern District of New York; U.S. Attorney Cindy K. Chung for the Western District of Pennsylvania; U.S. Attorney Darcie McElwee for the District of Maine; U.S. Attorney Trini Ross for the Western District of New York; U.S. Attorney Sandra Hairston for the Middle District of North Carolina; U.S. Attorney Brandon Brown for the Western District of Louisiana; U.S. Attorney Dawn Ison for the Eastern District of Michigan; U.S. Attorney Gregory Harris for the Central District of Illinois; U.S. Attorney Andrew Luger for the District of Minnesota; U.S. Attorney Gary Restaino for the District of Arizona; U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan for the District of Colorado; and U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves for the District of Columbia. An appointee from a district within the jurisdiction of the Eleventh Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals will be announced at a later date, once the Senate has confirmed nominees.  U.S. Attorney Damian Williams will serve as the Chair of the AGAC, and U.S. Attorney Cindy Chung will serve as the Vice Chair.

U.S. Attorney Cole Finegan was nominated by President Biden to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Colorado on September 28, 2021, and he was confirmed by the United States Senate on November 19, 2021.  Mr. Finegan rejoined public service from private practice at a global law firm, where he served as the Regional Managing Partner for the Americas, as well as the Denver Managing Partner.  Previously, Mr. Finegan was the Chief of Staff for the Denver Mayor as well as the Denver City Attorney, positions he held simultaneously.  During that time, he worked daily with the Manager of Public Safety, the Denver Police Department, and the Denver Sheriff’s Office.  Prior to this, Mr. Finegan served as Chief Legal Counsel in the Office of the Governor for the State of Colorado.  His full biography appears here.


Deborah Takahara, Public Affairs Officer

Updated March 30, 2022

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