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Southern District of Florida

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Assistant United States Attorney Amit Agarwal from the Southern District of Florida Honored by Department of Justice During Director's Awards Ceremony

Deputy AG Sally Yates, EOUSA Director Monty Wilkinson recognize select employees at event in Washington, D.C.

Appellate Division Deputy Chief Amit Agarwal of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida was one of 160 recipients recognized by Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 32nd annual Director’s Awards Ceremony today in Washington D.C.

The Southern District of Florida was one of 33 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

In her prepared remarks, Deputy Attorney General Yates said, “The achievements being recognized today reflect the breadth of the department’s responsibilities, and some of our most significant challenges.  From dismantling dangerous gangs, drug cartels and human trafficking operations to tackling political corruption, white collar crimes, and international terrorism, these awardees have taken on our toughest cases.  And the citizens of our country are safer because of their work.”

“We honor the truly talented and dedicated legal and administrative personnel in the 94 U.S. Attorneys’ offices and our law enforcement partners who everyday touch lives in our communities, protect the American people, and work to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice,” said Director Wilkinson. 

Mr. Agarwal was honored today for his superior performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Appellate Division.  He was recognized for leading the government’s efforts in response to the adverse decision in United States v. Davis, a case of national importance dealing with the scope of Fourth Amendment protections for historical cell-site records.  Through his Herculean efforts, Mr. Agarwal convinced the 11th Circuit to set the case for en banc review and set forth the government’s position in a well-researched en banc brief.  He also argued the case to the en banc court, which resulted in a published decision favorable to the government.

Wifredo A. Ferrer, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, stated, “Amit Agarwal exhibits the kind of intellectualism, professionalism, mentorship and enthusiasm that is worthy of special recognition.  He is a legal scholar whose tireless dedication to public service has enhanced the communities in which he has built his professional career.”

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit http://www.justice.gov/usao.

Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

Updated June 1, 2016