Carole S. Rendon
Carole Rendon is the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. In that role, she is the chief federal law enforcement officer for Ohio’s northern 40 counties. The office is tasked with enforcing a wide range of criminal and civil statutes, including the prosecution of crimes involving public corruption, civil rights, drug trafficking, fraud, human trafficking, firearms crimes, and other violations. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also defends the United States in civil litigation and files lawsuits on behalf of the United States to protect civil rights and recover money damages.
Ms. Rendon served from 2009 through 2016 as the First Assistant United States Attorney. The first woman to hold that position, Ms. Rendon was responsible for the daily operation of the United States Attorney’s Office, including oversight of significant civil and criminal matters, litigation, strategic planning, community outreach, agency coordination, and office policies and procedures. During that time, she was lead counsel on U.S. v. City of Cleveland, an exhaustive investigation of the Cleveland Division of Police which resulted in a blue print for reform within the Division. It is viewed as a national model for police reform. She also served as lead counsel on litigation that resulted in the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act and implementation of bilingual ballots in both Cuyahoga and Lorain counties.
Ms. Rendon received her B.A. in Political Science, summa cum laude, from Northwestern University in 1984, and her J.D., cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1987. She began her career as a law clerk to the Honorable Joel Flaum on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Rendon then entered the Attorney General’s Honors Program in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice and was assigned to the Organized Crime Strike Force Unit in Boston. In the Strike Force, Ms. Rendon handled a series of investigations and prosecutions of corruption in the Boston Police Department and International Asian Organized Crime. In April 1994, Ms. Rendon became Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force where she oversaw the major federal narcotics prosecutions for the United States Attorney’s Office.
In 1998, Ms. Rendon returned home to Cleveland and joined Messerman & Messerman. She later started the firm of Kushner & Rendon. In 2007, Ms. Rendon seized the opportunity to join the women-owned litigation firm of Giffen & Kaminski. Throughout her time in private practice, Ms. Rendon handled complex civil and criminal litigation in federal and state court.