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Press Release

Jessica D. Aber Sworn in as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia

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

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Jessica D. Aber was officially sworn in today as the 63rd United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia by Chief United States District Judge Mark S. Davis and United States District Judge M. Hannah Lauck at the federal courthouse in Norfolk.

“I am grateful to the President for my nomination and to Senators Warner and Kaine for their recommendation and endorsement,” said Aber. “After serving as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for more than a decade, I am honored to lead this tremendous district with its dedicated public servants and to help preserve public safety with our law enforcement and community partners. I look forward to working in support of the mission of the Department of Justice and toward the realization of fair and equal justice for all.”

U.S. Attorney Aber was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on August 10 and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on October 5 for the position of United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. President Biden signed Aber’s commission on October 7.

Aber began her service to EDVA in 2009 as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, handling a variety of financial fraud, public corruption, violent crime, and child exploitation cases. She has served as the EDVA representative to the Richmond Division’s drug court for her entire tenure. From 2015 to 2016, she served on a detail assignment as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. Since 2016, Aber has served as the Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division for EDVA.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Aber was an associate at McGuireWoods LLP from 2007 to 2008. She served as a law clerk for then-Magistrate Judge M. Hannah Lauck on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia from 2006 to 2007.

Aber received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School in 2006 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Richmond in 2003.

As U.S. Attorney, Aber supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the United States has an interest. She leads a staff of approximately 300 prosecutors, civil litigators, and support personnel across four Divisions located in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk, and Newport News. The district serves over six million residents.

A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information are located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Updated October 12, 2021

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