Joon H. Kim
Deputy U.S. Attorney
Joon H. Kim is the Deputy U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He was promoted to Deputy U.S. Attorney in July 2015, after serving as the Chief of the Criminal Division since July 2014. From April 2013 to July 2014, Mr. Kim was the Chief Counsel to the U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Kim first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 2000, where, as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, he investigated and prosecuted a wide range of federal crimes, including racketeering, murder, money laundering, securities fraud, firearms and narcotics offenses, tax evasion, and terrorism. He spent his last four years in the Office in the Organized Crime and Terrorism Unit, prosecuting violent organized crime syndicates, including Asian gangs and the Mafia. During his tenure, Mr. Kim convicted a number of high-ranking organized crime figures, including Peter Gotti, then Boss of the Gambino Family, for conspiring to kill Salvatore “Sammy the Bull” Gravano. From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Kim worked at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, where he was a partner in the litigation and enforcement group, focusing on white-collar criminal defense and regulatory enforcement, as well as commercial civil litigation and international arbitration.
Mr. Kim graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 1993 and graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1996. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum of the Southern District of New York.
Chief, Criminal Division
Lisa Zornberg is the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Zornberg returned to the Southern District of New York to assume that role on November 28, 2016.
Ms. Zornberg first joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 1998, where, over the next 13 years, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in both the Civil and Criminal Divisions, rising to supervisory ranks in each division. From 2004 to 2005, she was Deputy Chief of Appeals in the Civil Division. From 2011 to 2012, Ms. Zornberg was chief of the Complex Frauds Unit in the Criminal Division. From 2012 to 2016, Ms. Zornberg was a partner at Lankler Siffert & Wohl LLP, where she represented individuals and entities in white collar criminal, complex civil, and regulatory matters.
Ms. Zornberg graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1991 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1994. Ms. Zornberg previously 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.
Chief, Civil Division
Jeffrey Oestericher is the Chief of the Civil Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Mr. Oestericher has been with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for 22 years, and has been a Deputy Chief in the Civil Division since March 2003.
Mr. Oestericher began his career as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York in the Civil Division in June 1994. Five years later, he became the Deputy Chief of Appeals in 1999. During his tenure, Mr. Oestericher played an important role in many significant civil cases, including as lead attorney in U.S. v. Wells Fargo et al., a mortgage fraud case that resulted in a $1.2 billion judgment and admissions. He received the Henry L. Stimson Medal from the New York City Bar Association in 2003.
He is a 1987 graduate from the University of Rochester and a 1990 graduate from Yale Law School.