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Ilan Graff
Deputy United States Attorney

Ilan Graff is the Deputy United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Graff has been with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York since 2012.  As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, he worked principally in the Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit.  He later served as Co-Chief of the General Crimes Unit and Co-Chief of the Terrorism & International Narcotics Unit. 

Mr. Graff graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 2005 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2009.  Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to then-Chief Judge Sandra L. Lynch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and Judge Allyson K. Duncan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Russell Capone
Chief Counsel to the United States Attorney

Russell Capone is Chief Counsel to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York.  Mr. Capone has been with the Office of the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York since 2011.  As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division, he worked principally in the Public Corruption Unit and the Violent and Organized Crime Unit.  From 2017 through 2020, he supervised the Public Corruption Unit.

Mr. Capone graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 2002 and cum laude from Harvard Law School in 2005.  Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Capone worked in 2005 and from 2007 through 2010 as an associate at the law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP.  In 2006,  he served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Sidney H. Stein of the Southern District of New York.

Laura Grossfield Birger
Chief, Criminal Division

Laura Birger is the Chief of the Criminal Division for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Birger returned to the Southern District of New York to assume that role on January 2, 2019.

Ms. Birger was previously an Assistant United States Attorney in the Office for 10 years, from 1997 to 2007, serving in the Criminal Division.  From 2004 to 2007, Ms. Birger was chief of the General Crimes Unit, and from 2003 to 2004, she was Deputy Chief of the Appeals Unit.  From 2007 to 2018 Ms. Birger was a partner at the law firm of Cooley LLP, where she represented individuals and entities in white collar criminal, complex civil, and regulatory matters.

Ms. Birger graduated magna cum laude from Brown University in 1990 and from Yale Law School in 1993.  Upon graduation from law school, Ms. Birger served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Norma L. Shapiro of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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 January 19, 2021

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