President Barack Obama today nominated Zachary Thomas Fardon to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, based in Chicago.
“Today, I am honored to nominate this highly respected legal professional as a United States Attorney,” Obama said in a statement.“Zachary Fardon will be unwavering in his commitment to justice and I am confident he will serve the people of Illinois with excellence.”
The nomination of Fardon, chairman of the litigation department at the Chicago office of law firm Latham & Watkins LLP, was expected. Previous press reports had described him as the finalist out of a large group of candidates that were whittled down to four last fall.
If confirmed, Fardon would succeed the legendary Patrick Fitzgerald, who left the post nearly a year ago and joined Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
According to a bio released by the White House, Fardon served as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Middle District of Tennessee from 2003 to 2006 and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois from 1997 to 2003.
He began his legal career working as an Assistant Public Defender in the Nashville Metropolitan Public Defender’s Office from 1996 to 1997 and as an associate at the law firm of King & Spalding LLP from 1992 to 1996.
Fardon received his J.D. in 1992 from Vanderbilt Law School and his B.A. in 1988 from Vanderbilt University.