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Robert Khuzami

Deputy U.S. Attorney

 

Robert Khuzami is the Deputy U.S. Attorney for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Khuzami was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Office for 12 years, from 1990 to 2002, and for three of those years, he served as Chief of the Office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force. 

 

Mr. Khuzami was a 1996 recipient of the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service for his work in the prosecution of Omar Abdel Rahman and nine co-defendants for an international terrorist conspiracy targeting New York City landmarks.  From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Khuzami was the Director of Enforcement for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. 

 

Mr. Khuzami graduated magna cum laude from the University of Rochester in 1979, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from Boston University School of Law in 1983.

 

Joan Loughnane
Chief Counsel to the U.S. Attorney

Joan Loughnane is the Chief Counsel for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.  Ms. Loughnane has been with the Office for fourteen years, and has held various supervisory positions since 2009.

Ms. Loughnane began her career with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York in 2002. In 2009, she became the Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit, where she served from 2009 to 2011.  From 2011 to 2014, Ms. Loughnane was a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division, and in 2015, she served as the Acting Chief of the Complex Frauds and Cybercrime Unit. From 2017 to 2018, Ms. Loughnane was the Acting Deputy Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Ms. Loughnane graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1992 and with distinction from Stanford Law School in 1998.  Ms. Loughnane previously served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lewis A. Kaplan, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Audrey Strauss
Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney

Audrey Strauss is the Senior Counsel to the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Strauss was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for seven years, from 1976 to 1983, and tried more than twenty cases, eventually being promoted to the Chief of Appeals in the Criminal Division and later as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit. Ms. Strauss also served on the staff for the Independent Counsel for the Iran Contra matter.

Ms. Strauss earned her Juris Doctor degree at Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Kent Scholar.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Barnard College.

Lisa Zornberg
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.

Jeffrey Oestericher
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.

Updated February 7, 2018

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