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U.S. Attorney Keefe Announces the Appointment of Three New Federal Prosecutors and Law Enforcement Coordinator

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


TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Lawrence Keefe, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida, today announced the appointment of three new Assistant United States Attorneys: Lazaro Fields, Meredith Steer, and Kaitlin Weiss, assigned to the Tallahassee Criminal Division; and the additional appointment of Corey Aittama to serve as the Law Enforcement Coordinator for the Northern District of Florida.

Mr. Fields graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif from the Florida State University College of Law, and magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Education. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Fields was a litigation associate at Colson Hicks Eidson, P.A., where his practice focused primarily on complex commercial litigation and personal injury, products liability, and class action matters. Mr. Fields also clerked for United States District Judge Federico A. Moreno in the Southern District of Florida.

Ms. Steer earned her undergraduate degree from Penn State University and her law degree from George Mason University. After law school, Ms. Steer joined the United States Air Force JAG Corps, where she served on active duty for over 11 years. She began her career at Eglin Air Force Base, where she served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Florida. For the last two years, Ms. Steer was assigned as the Deputy Chief Counsel at Charleston AFB.

Ms. Weiss received a B.A. in International Studies from American University before obtaining her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ms. Weiss was an Assistant Attorney General practicing in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office. While at the Attorney General’s Office, Ms. Weiss handled direct criminal appeals and post-conviction motions in the First District Court of Appeal and the Florida Supreme Court. Ms. Weiss began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office.

Mr. Aittama is a law enforcement veteran with 26 years of experience in local, state, federal, and military law enforcement. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney's Office, Mr. Aittama was a Law Enforcement Captain with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Inspector General. He has held positions on various task forces in Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, Panama City, and Tallahassee, including the DEA Task Force, North Florida Healthcare Task Force, and Okaloosa Multi-Agency Drug Task Force. He begin his law enforcement career in the United States Air Force as a Security Forces officer at Eglin Air Force Base.

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Florida is one of 94 offices that serve as the nation’s principal litigators under the direction of the Attorney General. To access public court documents online, please visit the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida website. For more information about the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of Florida, visit


U.S. Attorney's Office
Northern District of Florida

Updated August 21, 2019

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