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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Appoints Geoffrey S. Berman As Interim United States Attorney

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Geoffrey S. Berman as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.”  This appointment will take effect on January 5, 2018.


Attorney General Jeff Sessions said:  “Geoffrey Berman brings three decades of invaluable experience to the role of Interim United States Attorney.  He was part of the prosecution team charged with investigating the Iran-Contra matter and served as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York.  As Interim U.S. Attorney for this same district, he will lead an incredible team of attorneys and investigators and help provide New Yorkers with safety, security, and peace of mind.  I am pleased to appoint him to this important role.”


Biographical information for Interim U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman:


  • Mr. Berman is currently a principal shareholder in the New York and New Jersey offices of Greenberg Traurig.
  • From 1990 to 1994, Mr. Berman was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where he handled complex criminal prosecutions, including tax, securities and computer hacking violations.
  • Prior to that Mr. Berman was an Associate Counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel Iran-Contra, where he successfully prosecuted a former CIA employee for tax fraud.
  • Mr. Berman clerked for Judge Leonard Garth of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
  • Mr. Berman received his B.A., magna cum laude, from University of Pennsylvania and his B.A., beta gamma sigma, from the Wharton School.  Mr. Berman received his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he was Note Editor of the Stanford Law Review.


Updated January 3, 2018

Office and Personnel Updates
Press Release Number: 18-02