President Barack Obama on Thursday nominated Tony West, acting Associate Attorney General at the Justice Department, to fill the position on a full-time basis.
When Attorney General Eric Holder appointed West to the position on an interim basis, he said the prosecutor has ”served the department with professionalism, integrity and dedication” and brings a “wealth of experience” to the position.
West began his career as a special assistant to the Deputy Attorney General and then worked as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California from 1994 to 1999. Following that he served as a special assistant attorney general for the state of California from 1999 to 2001, and then from 2001 to 2009 he worked in private practice as a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP in San Francisco.
He returned to government service in 2009 when he became Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division.
West also serves as co-chairman of the Consumer Protection Working Group within Obama’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.
He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.