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Northern District of Texas

Friday, November 17, 2017

Erin Nealy Cox Sworn in as United States Attorney

DALLAS – Erin Nealy Cox has taken the oath of office to become the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas. Ms. Nealy Cox was nominated by President Donald Trump on September 22, 2017 and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 9, 2017. She took the oath of office from U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle.  She succeeds John Parker who has been serving as the United States Attorney since December 2014.


“I am honored to return to the United States Attorney’s Office and I am looking forward to working with the great people here, our many law enforcement partners, and all those in the community who have a commitment to the pursuit of justice,” said U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox.


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. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, public corruption, child exploitation, firearms, and narcotics. The office also defends the United States in civil cases and collects debts owed to the United States.


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.


Ms. Nealy Cox received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law and her B.B.A. in finance from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a member of the Texas and New York Bar Associations.


As she took on her new responsibilities, U.S. Attorney Nealy Cox thanked Mr. Parker for his many years of public service with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and his commitment to justice over the last three years as he served as the United States Attorney. 



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Lisa Slimak 214-659-8600
Updated November 17, 2017