West Appointed Acting Associate Attorney General, No. 3 at Justice
By Elizabeth Murphy | February 27, 2012 6:10 pm

Attorney General Eric Holder appointed Tony West as acting Associate Attorney General and Stuart Delery as acting Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Division.

Tony West

The move comes after Tom Perrelli announced in January he was stepping down as the Justice Department’s No. 3 in charge. Delery is moving into West’s old position overseeing the Civil Division after serving as senior counselor to the Attorney General since August 2010.

“Tony and Stuart have served the department with professionalism, integrity and dedication, and both bring a wealth of experience to their new positions,” Holder said in a news release.

West has served as Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division since 2009, where he’s been deeply involved in health care fraud and abuse enforcement as well as defending the Obama administration from challenges to the new health care law.

A former Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California, West from 1999 to 2001 worked as a state special assistant attorney general in California. From 2001 to 2009, he was a partner with Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco. West received his law degree from Stanford Law School.

Since becoming the head of the civil division, West oversaw the creation of the Consumer Protection Branch and an increased focus on health care fraud. In December, West announced the division recovered more than $3 billion in False Claims Act cases. He also noted that since the beginning of 2009, the department has recovered more than $8.8 billion, which is a record three-year total.

West also serves as co-chairman of the Consumer Protection Working Group of President Barack Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

Delery joined the department in 2009, serving as Chief of Staff and Counselor to then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden. He later went on to serve as an Associate Deputy Attorney General. Before coming to the department, he was a partner with Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Delery received his law degree from Yale Law School.

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