Joyce Branda, a longtime Justice Department attorney in the Civil Division, has been appointed to serve as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the Commercial Litigation branch of the division.
Branda had been serving as the acting DAAG of the branch since predecessor and career department lawyer Michael Hertz died of cancer in May.
Stuart Delery, the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Division, sent out an email announcing Branda’s new post last week, said Charles Miller, spokesman for the Civil Division.
Branda previously served as the Director of the Fraud Section of the Commercial Litigation Branch, overseeing 90 lawyers in the unit and working on cases involving the False Claims Act and other fraud crimes. Branda, who joined the department’s Civil Division in 1982, has also worked as a trial attorney and assistant director and deputy director of the branch’s fraud section. She was appointed director in 2007.
In 2001 she received the Attorney General’s Award for Exception Service, the department’s highest distinction.
She has been frequent lecturer on health care fraud and the False Claims Act, among other issues.