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Acting United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, Andrew B. Birge


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          Andrew Byerly Birge assumed the duties of Acting U.S. Attorney by operation of law following U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles, Jr.’s resignation on January 20, 2017. On November 8, 2017, Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions exercised his authority to appoint Mr. Birge U.S. Attorney for the interim pending the Presidential nomination and Senate confirmation of a successor or up to 120 days, whichever comes first. Before taking on the duties of U.S. Attorney, Mr. Birge served for nine and a half years as the First Assistant, the senior-most management position in the office. U.S. Attorney Charles Gross first tapped him for that role in May of 2007, under then-President George W. Bush’s administration. U.S. Attorneys Donald A. Davis and Patrick Miles each subsequently asked him to continue serving in that capacity. A First Assistant functions as the chief advisor to the U.S. Attorney and oversees the office’s civil and criminal litigation as well as its administrative operations.


          Mr. Birge has been with the Office for over seventeen years. Before assuming senior management responsibilities, he oversaw the office’s appellate practice and handled all manner of criminal cases. He began his legal career as a law clerk to the late Chief U.S. District Court Judge Richard A. Enslen, in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he was an Associate for several years with the law firm of Jenner & Block in Chicago, Illinois.


          Mr. Birge obtained his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton College, where he graduated cum laude and with Distinction as a history major.


Updated November 17, 2017

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