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U.S. Attorney Names Alfred U. Pavlis as First Assistant U.S. Attorney

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

U.S. Attorney Vanessa Roberts Avery today announced that Alfred U. Pavlis will serve the District of Connecticut as First Assistant United States Attorney, the office’s second-ranking position.  U.S. Attorney Avery swore in Mr. Pavlis, 64, of Fairfield, this morning in New Haven.

“More than just being an excellent and well-respected attorney with decades of professional experience, Al Pavlis is a person of strong integrity and great judgment with a commitment to equal justice, fairness and the rule of law,” said U.S. Attorney Avery.  “We are fortunate that Al has returned to public service, and I am confident that he will engender the trust and respect of every member of the office, our law enforcement partners, community leaders, and all the people of Connecticut.”

For more than 30 years, Mr. Pavlis has been in private practice, most recently at Finn Dixon & Herling LLP in Stamford, representing corporate and individual clients in a variety of complex civil litigation matters, SEC enforcement actions, and federal criminal investigations involving securities fraud, commodities fraud, accounting fraud, FCPA violations and insider trading.

From 1985 to 1990, Mr. Pavlis was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he investigated and prosecuted narcotics trafficking, organized crime, corruption and securities fraud offenses.

Mr. Pavlis served as a law clerk for the Honorable T.F. Gilroy Daly, Chief U.S. District Judge for the District of Connecticut, from 1983 to 1985.  He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Leonard C Boyle, who served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney from June 2018 to March 2021 when he became the Acting U.S. Attorney upon the departure of U.S. Attorney John H. Durham, retired from federal service on May 20, 2022.

“Len Boyle represented the United States of America with dignity and distinction, and he dedicated not only his federal career, but his prior work in state and local law enforcement, to making our communities safer,” said U.S. Attorney Avery.  “While all of us in the U.S. Attorney’s Office will miss his everyday presence, wisdom and decency, we thank Len for his dedicated service and wish him a very happy and healthy retirement.”

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut and representing the federal government in civil litigation.  As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Avery supervises a staff of approximately 68 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and approximately 57 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

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Updated May 23, 2022

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