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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of California

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 28, 2019

Peter Mazza Sworn in as Second-in-Command at U.S. Attorney’s Office

Kelly Thornton 619-546-9726

NEWS RELEASE SUMMARY – February 28, 2019

SAN DIEGO – Peter J. Mazza, a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor, rejoined the U.S. Attorney’s Office today as second-in-command of one of the busiest federal districts in the nation.

Mazza, who was selected by U.S. Attorney Robert Brewer, was sworn in by Chief U.S. District Judge Larry Burns during a ceremony this morning. As First Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mazza will oversee the day-to-day operations of the office and serve as a trusted advisor to the U.S. attorney.

During his eight years as a prosecutor in the San Diego office beginning in 2006, Mazza worked in the General Crimes Section, the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Section and the Major Frauds and Special Prosecutions Section, handling a wide variety of complex and significant cases. Mazza led many investigations involving crimes such as multi-million dollar tax and bank fraud schemes, public corruption, racketeering, extortion, money laundering and fraud.

Mazza left the office in 2014 to become a partner at Jones Day, specializing in business and tort litigation.

Brewer, who was sworn in as U.S. Attorney on January 16, previously worked at Jones Day, where he met Mazza briefly before moving to another firm. The two overlapped for a couple of months in 2014. Brewer said he was impressed by Mazza’s work experience.

“I am excited that the office will once again benefit from the depth and breadth of Pete’s expertise and knowledge related to our work and our mission,” U.S. Attorney Brewer said. “His sterling reputation, trial experience, and our shared vision for the office made him the clear choice. We and the entire Department of Justice are tremendously fortunate that he has decided to bring his legal skill, extraordinary judgment and professional experience back to our office.”

Mazza received his Bachelor of Arts in History from Yale University, graduating cum laude, and was captain of the varsity football team. He received his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, graduating with distinction.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office enforces federal criminal laws in the Southern District of California, which includes San Diego and Imperial counties, and represents the federal government in civil litigation.  The office is composed of approximately 140 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 145 staff members.

Topic(s): 
Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 
CAS190228-Mazza
Updated March 6, 2019