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Meet the Acting U.S. Attorney

Rachael A. Honig

Acting U.S. Attorney

Rachael A. Honig

Rachael A. Honig is the Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey.  She serves in that capacity under the Vacancies Reform Act, as the Office’s First Assistant U.S. Attorney.  As Acting U.S. Attorney, she is responsible for overseeing all federal criminal prosecutions and the litigation of all civil matters in New Jersey in which the federal government has an interest. Between the offices in Newark, Camden, and Trenton, Ms. Honig supervises a staff of approximately 170 federal prosecutors, and approximately 130 support personnel.

She rejoined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as the First Assistant in March 2018 after working as a litigation and compliance investigations counsel at a healthcare company.  Prior that, Ms. Honig was employed at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for just under fourteen years, serving as Counsel to the U.S. Attorney from 2013 to 2016; Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division from 2010 to 2013; and an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal and Special Prosecutions Divisions from 2003 to 2010.  From 2000 to 2003, Ms. Honig was a litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C.  From 1999 to 2000, she was a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Mary M. Schroeder of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. 

Ms. Honig received her law degree with High Honors from The University of Chicago Law School in 1999, where she served as a member and a Comment Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review.  She received a B.A. in English Language & Literature with General and Departmental Honors from The University of Chicago in 1995.

Updated January 6, 2021

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