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Monday, November 28, 2016

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces The Appointment Of Criminal Division Chief

Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the appointment of Lisa Zornberg as Chief of the Office’s Criminal Division.

Ms. Zornberg returns to the Office from the law firm of Lankler, Siffert & Wohl LLP, where she was a partner representing individuals and entities in white collar criminal, complex civil, and regulatory matters. Ms. Zornberg was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office for 14 years, from 1998 to 2012, serving in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions and rising to supervisory ranks in each division.  From 2011 to 2012, Ms. Zornberg was chief of the Complex Frauds Unit in the Criminal Division, and from 2004 to 2005, she was Deputy Chief of Appeals in the Civil Division. Ms. Zornberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Zornberg served as a law clerk to then United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York and now United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

In making the appointment, Manhattan U.S Attorney Preet Bharara said: “I am extremely pleased and excited that Lisa Zornberg will be returning to public service as Chief of the Office’s Criminal Division.  Lisa was an outstanding AUSA during her prior tour in the Office and has since become an accomplished criminal defense lawyer.  I am confident that with her intellect, energy and vision, Lisa will be a terrific Criminal Division Chief.  I welcome Lisa’s return, and I thank Joan Loughnane, the Office’s Chief Counsel, who on top of her regular duties has served exceptionally as the Acting Chief of the Criminal Division over the past few weeks.”

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Updated November 28, 2016