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Peter F. NeronhaUS Attorney Peter Neronha

Peter F. Neronha was appointed by President Barack Obama as the 39th United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island on September 16, 2009.  The first United States Attorney for Rhode Island, William Channing, was appointed by President George Washington on July 3, 1790.

A fourth generation native of Jamestown, Rhode Island, Mr. Neronha attended North Kingstown High School, and in 1985 graduated summa cum laude from Boston College.  He attended Boston College Law School, where he was a member of the Boston College Law Review.  Upon graduation, he joined the Boston, Massachusetts law firm, Goodwin Procter, LLP. 

Mr. Neronha began a career of public service in 1996 as a Special Assistant Attorney General in the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General.   In 2002, Mr. Neronha joined the United States Attorney’s Office as an Assistant United States Attorney.  Prior to being named United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha was Chief of the District’s Organized Crime Strike Force.  Since becoming United States Attorney, Mr. Neronha has twice been appointed to terms on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, by Attorney General Eric Holder in 2009, and by Attorney General Loretta Lynch in 2016.  The AGAC regularly meets with and advises the Attorney General on policy, management and operational issues impacting all 94 U.S. Attorney’s offices nationwide.

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Updated September 14, 2016