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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of Texas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 23, 2018

Erin Nealy Cox is Administered Oath of Office as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas

At an investiture ceremony held this afternoon, Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas administered the Oath of Office for United States Attorney to Erin Nealy Cox.

Today’s formal ceremony, over which Chief Judge Lynn presided, was attended by hundreds of family members, friends and colleagues, as well as federal, state, and local dignitaries. Guest speakers included Chief Judge Barbara M.G. Lynn and Judge Jane J. Boyle of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, and Rachel Brand, former Associate Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice.  Remarks were also given by U.S. Senator John Cornyn and U.S. Senator Ted Cruz. The invocation was given by Father Arthur Unachukwu and the benediction was given by Cate Cox, the daughter of U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.   

Other honored guests attending included former White House Counsel Harriet Miers, Chancellor Kent Hance, as well as, former United States Attorneys Paul Coggins, John Parker, Jim Jacks, Richard Roper, Richard Stephens, Jim Rolfe, and Matthew Orwig.

United States Attorney Nealy Cox was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 22, 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 9, 2017.       

Ms. Nealy Cox, a Mississippi native, most recently worked as a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Co. in the cybersecurity and risk practice. She also served on the Board of Directors of Sally Beauty Holdings, a large retailer on the NYSE. From 1999 to 2008, Ms. Nealy Cox served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Texas, where she prosecuted cyber crimes, white collar crimes, and general crimes. In 2004 and 2005, she served at Main Justice as chief of staff and senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Policy. From 2008 to 2016, Ms. Nealy Cox was a member of the executive leadership team at Stroz Friedberg, a cybersecurity and investigations consulting firm. Ms. Nealy Cox ultimately lead the firm’s global incident response business, the unit responsible for assisting and supporting private sector corporations investigate complex computer intrusions. Ms. Nealy Cox clerked for the Honorable Henry A. Politz, when he served as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Honorable Barefoot Sanders, United States District Judge in the Northern District of Texas.

As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Nealy Cox is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the Northern District of Texas, which includes Dallas, Fort Worth, Lubbock and Amarillo. She oversees a staff of 215 employees, including 100 attorneys and a similar number of non-attorney support personnel.

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Updated February 23, 2018