Byung J. “BJay” Pak was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 2017 as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia. He is returning to the office, having served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division from 2002 to 2008.
Previously, BJay was a partner at Chalmers Pak Burch & Adams, LLC, where he handled complex civil litigation and white collar investigation and prosecutions. Prior to forming the litigation boutique firm in 2015, he was an equity partner at an AMLAW 100 law firm.
BJay has been honored with numerous awards throughout his career. He has been consistently recognized by Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business; as a "Super Lawyer" by Atlanta Magazine; as one of the Best Lawyers Under 40 by the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association; and as one of "13 Georgia Lawyers Under 40 to Watch" by the Fulton County Daily Report. 25 Most Influential Asian Americans in Georgia by Georgia Asian Times; named to "40 under 40: Georgia's Best and the Brightest" by Georgia Trend Magazine, and as “Role Model of the Year 2013” by News & Post.
From January 2011 to January 2017, BJay served in the Georgia General Assembly as a State Representative. He served three terms and voluntarily retired in January 2017. As State Representative, BJay has served as a Deputy Majority Whip, as the Vice Chair of the Judiciary Non-Civil Committee, as Chair or the Subcommittee on Crimes Against Person, Property, and Public Administration, as Secretary of the Code Revision Committee, and serves as a member of the Health and Human Services Committee. He was also a member of the Ways and Means Committee. For his policy work, BJay has won recognition from numerous organizations and has been recognized by James Magazine in its "Most Influential Legislators" list.
Prior to starting his current post, BJay served as a member of Georgia Governor Nathan Deal’s Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Criminal Justice Reform Council. He was appointed by the Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia as a member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and was appointed by the Justices of the Georgia Supreme Court as a Member of Georgia Commission on Interpreters.
He earned his Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude, and Order of the Coif, from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a Harno Scholar, served as the Notes Editor for the Recent Decisions Section of the Illinois Bar Journal, and as a member of the Elder Law Journal. In 2013, he was named "Distinguished Alumnus of the Year" by his law school. Upon graduating from law school, he then went on to clerk for the Honorable Richard Mills, United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois. He is a graduate of Stetson University in DeLand, FL, where he was a Florida Academic Scholar, a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa, and was on the Interfraternity Council. BJay is a registered Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.