The Criminal Appeals Unit chief in the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office has been nominated to serve as a district judge in the Southern District of New York.
Katherine Polk Failla has served as a federal prosecutor in Southern District of New York since 2000 and in 2004 became the deputy chief of the Criminal Appeals Unit. Failla, who previously worked as a member of the office’s Securities and Commodities Fraud Task Force, was named chief of the criminal appeals unit in 2008.
Before joining the government, she worked at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP for six years. She also previously clerked for Joseph E. Irenas of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Failla, 43, is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and Harvard Law School.