Deirdre M. Daly, the top deputy to Connecticut U.S. Attorney David B. Fein, will lead the office in an acting capacity after Fein departs next week, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced today.
Daly, 53, has served as First Assistant United States Attorney in Connecticut since July 2010. She was previously a partner at Daly & Pavlis LLC, a Connecticut law firm; and served from 1985 to 1997 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York.
Her prosecuting career includes cases ranging from racketeering, murder, narcotics and money laundering to fraud, corruption and police brutality, the announcement said. In the private sector, she served for a decade as a monitor for Con Edison Inc. probing environmental, health and safety violations.
From 1985 to 1997, Daly was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted cases ranging from racketeering, murder, narcotics and money laundering to fraud, corruption and police brutality, and served as the Assistant-In-Charge of White Plains Office for three years. After leaving the SDNY, Daly was a name partner at Daly & Pavlis LLC, a law practice with her husband, Alfred Pavlis, whom she married in 1987 while both were serving as AUSAs in Manhattan.
“During her 15 years of Department of Justice service and another 13 years engaged in the private practice of law, Deirdre Daly has demonstrated great leadership, integrity and judgment,” Fein said in a statement. “I’m proud to have served with her as a colleague, and the citizens of Connecticut are fortunate that Deirdre will lead this excellent United States Attorney’s Office.”
Daly led the prosecution of a convicted arsonist, Hector Natal, who was found guilty after a four-week trial last month of setting a New Haven fire that killed two women and an 8-year-old boy.
Fein was confirmed as U.S. Attorney by the Senate in May 2010, succeeding acting U.S. Attorney Nora Dannehy. He is leaving on May 13 for a private sector job that hasn’t been announced yet.