Loretta Lynch Taps Former Prosecutor as Second-in-Command
By Dylan Tokar | November 13, 2021 1:59 pm

Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch, who has been nominated to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General, has named a former U.S. prosecutor from her office as her top assistant.

Kelly T. Currie

The announcement of Kelly T. Currie’s appointment on Wednesday means Currie could be in line to be acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York if Lynch is confirmed by the Senate. His appointment will begin on Nov. 17.

Currie said in a statement that he looks forward “to working with Loretta Lynch and the exceptionally talented lawyers, investigators, and staff in the office.”

Currie served in the U.S. Attorney’s office from 1999 to 2010, during which he led investigations into racketeering, terrorism, securities and wire fraud and money laundering. He was the office’s Chief of the Violent Crimes and Terrorism Section, and later its Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.

He was awarded the Eastern District Association’s Charles E. Rose Award for outstanding service.

For the past four years Currie has worked as a white collar criminal defense lawyer at Crowell & Moring LLP in New York.

“Kelly Currie is a highly experienced trial lawyer who is well respected inside and outside the courtroom,” Edwin Baum, a managing partner at Crowell & Moring in New York City, said in a statement.

Kelly also previously served as a senior adviser to former Senate Majority Leader George J. Mitchell (D-Maine), who led the negotiations in Northern Ireland that resulted in the 1998 Good Friday Agreement.

He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1986 and earned his J.D. at the University of Virginia School of Law in 1993.

Since 2004, Currie has made a total of $9,250 in contributions to Democratic causes and candidates, including $3,000 to presidential candidate Barack Obama in 2008 while at the U.S. Attorney’s office.

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