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Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Burns White LLC has hired former Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen S. Stallings to head its white collar criminal defense practice group.

Stallings worked as a prosecutor from 2001 to 2008 in the U.S. Attorney offices in Pittsburgh and Miami. His prosecutions focused on white collar crime and public corruption.

After leaving the U.S. Attorney’s office, Stallings became a sole practitioner.

He previously worked as an equity partner at Hunton & Williams LLP, an associate at Holland & Knight LLP and an associate at Shutts & Bowen LLP.

Burns White LLC’s main office is in Pittsburgh. The firm also has offices elsewhere in Pennsylvania as well as in Ohio, New Jersey, Delaware and West Virginia.

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Tew Cardenas LLP has hired a former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, the Miami law firm announced Friday.

Dexter Lehtinen, who led the Miami-based U.S. Attorney’s office from 1988 to 1992, will handle environmental and white-collar crime cases as a partner at the law firm. He is married to Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.)

Full release after the jump. — AR

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Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Former U.S. Attorneys in South Dakota, Wisconsin and Colorado won elections Tuesday night for state attorney general, while a fourth former Justice Department lawyer, Dan Gelber, lost the race for Florida Attorney General to his Republican opponent.

Martin Jackley

With all precincts reporting, Republican Marty Jackley, who was South Dakota U.S. Attorney from 2006 to 2009, stayed on as his state’s attorney general with 67 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Ron Volesky, a former state senator, received 33 percent of the vote.

Jackley resigned as U.S. Attorney in September 2009, when South Dakota Gov. Mike Rounds (R) appointed him to serve out the remainder of former Attorney General Larry Long’s term. Rounds had tapped Long for a state judgeship.

J.B. Van Hollen

With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Republican J.B. Van Hollen, who was the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 2002 to 2006, was reelected as his state’s attorney general with 58 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Scott Hassett, the former state Department of Natural Resources Secretary, received 42 percent of the vote.

Van Hollen won his first election for attorney general in 2006, after stepping down as U.S. Attorney.

Although the Associated Press and Denver Post have not yet called the race for Attorney General in Colorado, Republican John Suthers appears poised to win reelection.

John Suthers (gov)

With 86 percent of precincts reporting, Suthers, who was Colorado U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2005, secured roughly 57 percent of the vote. His challenger, Democrat Stan Garnett, the district attorney in Boulder County, received 43 percent of ballots cast.

Suthers first became Colorado Attorney General after Gov. Bill Owens (R) appointed him to the post in 2005 to fill out the remainder of former Attorney General Ken Salazar’s term. Salazar was elected to the Senate in 2004. Suthers was first elected to a full term as the state’s Attorney General in 2006.

Dan Gelber (gov)

In the Florida race, Gelber, who was a Southern District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1986 to 1994, received 41 percent of the vote with 98 percent of precincts reporting. His opponent, Republican Pam Bondi, a former state prosecutor, won 55 percent of the vote.

Former U.S. Attorney Lenny Rapadas of Guam also won his territory’s Attorney General election. He led the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands from 2003 until earlier this year.

Monday, July 19th, 2010

The mailbox of a Southern District of Florida Assistant U.S. Attorney was set ablaze Sunday, the Palm Beach Post reported.

No one was injured or evacuated in the gated Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., community, where the unidentified, senior prosecutor lives. The U.S. Postal Service, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are investigating the fire, which was set off by a firework.

“It looks more like malicious mischief at this time,” ATF spokesman Carlos Baixauli told the newspaper. “We don’t know if the people knew she was a U.S. Attorney, or if it was somebody having fun trying to blow up a mailbox. Right now we have nothing to believe it was intended for her.”

Sunday, July 18th, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder and former Attorney General Janet Reno joined prosecutors and other well wishers on Friday to see the Southern District of Florida U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer take a ceremonial oath of office at the Miami federal courthouse, the Associated Press reported.

Wifredo Ferrer (gov)

Holder has now attended 11 U.S. Attorney investitures. He also was on hand in Miami earlier on Friday to announce the largest-ever health care enforcement action.

Ferrer succeeds R. Alexander Acosta, as the Senate-confirmed U.S. Attorney for the district. Acosta stepped down as U.S. Attorney last summer. Ferrer officially took office in May, a couple weeks after the Senate confirmed him.

The U.S. Attorney was deputy chief of staff to then-Attorney General Reno and later served as an assistant Dade County, Fla., attorney.

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Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The new U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida said he isn’t happy about the reputation the area has received from the health care and mortgage fraudsters who have plagued the region, The Miami Herald reported Wednesday.

Wifredo Ferrer (gov)

U.S. Attorney Wifredo Ferrer, a former county prosecutor, said he will be “firm and fair” in fighting crime. He also said he will also work to prevent crime by strengthening relationships with the community and local law enforcement.

“When it comes to South Florida, the mosaic of crime is very complex and challenging,” Ferrer told the newspaper. “It’s embarrassing that in some circles we’re known as the fraud capital.”

The Senate confirmed Ferrer last month to lead the Miami-based office. He replaced U.S. Attorney Jeffrey H. Sloman, who took the helm of the office after George W. Bush appointee R. Alexander Acosta stepped down as U.S. Attorney last year.

Read the Herald’s full story on Ferrer here.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

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Friday, April 30th, 2010

Dan Gelber (gov)

A former federal prosecutor is looking to become the state’s top lawyer.

Dan Gelber filed paperwork with the Florida state board of election to seek the Democratic nomination for Attorney General. The current state Attorney General Bill McCollum (R) is a candidate for governor in the November elections.

Gelber currently is a member of the state Senate. Gelber was one of the nation’s youngest federal prosecutors when he joined the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida at the age of 25. During his nearly 10 years in the office, he prosecuted cases on public corruption, civil rights and narcotics. Gelber has been endorsed by former Attorney General Janet Reno.

Gelber was initially planning on running for U.S. Senate but opted instead for the state attorney general race. The other Democrat in the race is state Sen. Dave Aronberg.

On the other side of the political aisle, four Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination for the attorney general’s race. The candidates include ex-state health care secretary Holly Benson; Hillsborough County assistant state attorney Pam Bondi; Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp; and attorney Jim Lewis.


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Thursday, March 18th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved two U.S. Attorney nominees by voice vote Thursday morning.

They are:

Wifredo Ferrer (gov)

- Wifredo Ferrer (Southern District of Florida): The assistant Dade County, Fla., attorney and deputy chief of staff to then-Attorney General Janet Reno would succeed R. Alexander Acosta, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last summer. Ferrer was nominated on Feb. 24. Read more about the nominee here.

Bill Nettles (Sanders & Nettles)

Bill Nettles (Sanders & Nettles)

- William Nettles (South Carolina): The attorney at the Columbia, S.C., law firm of Sanders & Nettles LLC would succeed W. Walter Wilkins III, who resigned as U.S. Attorney earlier this month. Nettles was tapped on Dec. 22. Read more about him here.

The panel has now approved 38 U.S. Attorney nominees, 36 of whom have already won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys.

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

The Senate Judiciary Committee is slated to vote on two U.S. Attorney nominees at its meeting next Thursday.

They are:

Wifredo Ferrer (gov)

-Wifredo Ferrer (Southern District of Florida): The assistant Dade County, Fla., attorney and deputy chief of staff to then-Attorney General Janet Reno would succeed R. Alexander Acosta, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney last summer. Ferrer was nominated on Feb. 24. Read more about the nominee here.

Bill Nettles (Sanders & Nettles)

Bill Nettles (Sanders & Nettles)

-William Nettles (South Carolina): The attorney at Columbia, S.C., law firm Sanders & Nettles LLC would succeed W. Walter Wilkins III, who resigned as U.S. Attorney earlier this month. Nettles was tapped on Dec. 22. Read more about him here.

The panel has approved 36 U.S. Attorney nominees, all of whom have already won Senate confirmation. The committee has yet to schedule votes for another 18 would-be U.S. Attorneys.

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Wifredo Ferrer (gov)

Wifredo Ferrer (University of Miami, University of Pennsylvania Law School) is nominated to be U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida. He would replace R. Alexander Acosta, who became the dean of Miami’s Florida International University Law School on July 1, 2009. The district’s current acting U.S. Attorney is Jeffrey H. Sloman.

Ferrer’s vitals:

  • Born in Miami in 1966.
  • Since 2006 has been an assistant count attorney and chief of the federal litigation section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s office.
  • Worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2000 to 2006 in the Southern District of Florida in Miami.
  • Was counsel and deputy chief of staff to Attorney General Janet Reno at Justice Department headquarters in Washington, D.C., from 1995 to 2000.
  • Was a White House fellow and special assistant to Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros in Washington, D.C., from 1994 to 1995.
  • Worked as an associate in the litigation department of Steel Hector & Davis (now Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP) in Miami from 1991 to 1994.
  • Clerked for then-District Court Judge Stanley Marcus in the Southern District of Florida from 1990 to 1991.
  • Clerked for Steel Hector & Davis during the summer of 1989.
  • Clerked for Greenberg Traurig LLP in Miami during the summer of 1988.
  • Has tried eight criminal cases to judgment, serving as lead counsel in seven of them and associate counsel in one. Also handled more than 20 evidentiary hearings in federal court.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Office of Government Ethics financial disclosure Ferrer reported earning a salary of $228,209 from the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s office. On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure he reported assets of $1.83 million, mostly from three residences, and liabilities of $249,500, mostly from a mortgage, for a net worth of $1.58 million.