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Meet the U.S. Attorney

Nathaniel R. Mendell

Acting U.S. Attorney

Nathaniel R. Mendell became Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts on March 1, 2021

Nathaniel R. Mendell served as First Assistant U.S. Attorney to Andrew Lelling prior to his appointment as Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.  As First Assistant, Mr. Mendell was charged with advising the U.S. Attorney, running the attorney hiring process and managing the day-to-day operations of the office.

Before serving as First Assistant, Mr. Mendell was Chief of the Narcotics and Money Laundering Unit.  He led a team of 15 prosecutors and numerous administrative staff in the investigations and prosecutions of drug traffickers and money launderers operating in the United States, Colombia, Europe and the Middle East.  He also contributed to the creation of the District Court’s RISE Program.
Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Boston, Mr. Mendell worked as a federal prosecutor in Miami for several years.  As an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Boston and Miami, Mr. Mendell prosecuted drug traffickers and money launders, fraudsters, armed carjackers and human traffickers.  He has handled more than a dozen jury trials.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Mendell was a litigation associate at Ropes Gray LLC.

Mr. Mendell is a graduate of Amherst College and Harvard Law School, where he served as Editor in Chief of the Harvard Latino Law Review.

Dates of Service: 
2021 - Present
Updated March 1, 2021