On September 22, 2017, R. Brian Tanner was appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to be the interim United States Attorney for the Southern District of Georgia, pursuant to the provisions of Title 28, United States Code, Section 546. As United States Attorney, Mr. Tanner oversees federal litigation involving the United States within the 43 counties comprising the Southern District of Georgia. As the District’s chief federal law enforcement officer, he is responsible for developing and implementing federal law enforcement strategies across the region.
Mr. Tanner joined the office in 2006 as an Assistant United States Attorney assigned to the Criminal Division. He has served as Chief of the Office’s Appellate Division since 2010. During his years of public service, Mr. Tanner has prosecuted numerous cases involving public corruption, complex fraud schemes, violent crime, and other types of federal criminal offenses. He has authored hundreds of briefs and argued more than a dozen cases before the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Tanner received his undergraduate degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1998 and his law degree from the Emory University School of Law in 2001. Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Tanner clerked for federal judges in Georgia and Alabama before joining the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins LLP, a top international law firm, as a litigation associate.
Mr. Tanner is a native of the District, born in Savannah and raised in Statesboro. He resides in Savannah with his wife and two sons.