Monday, January 08, 2018

AG Sessions names Ben Greenberg U.S. Attorney (interim)

AG Sessions has named Ben Greenberg interim U.S. Attorney. Greenberg has been serving as acting U.S. Attorney since Willie Ferrer stepped down. The Vacancies Reform Act allowed Greenberg to serve as Acting USA for a period of 300 days, which ended on December 28. Once that period ended, the AG had the statutory authority to name an interim USA for a period of 120 days (although it’s "interim", unlike the term "acting", that word is not part of the title). After this 120 day period, if there is no nominee, the AG will ask the court to appoint someone, which is usually the same person he appointed as interim USA but doesn't have to be. Greenberg is also up for district judge and if he gets it, there will be a different acting U.S. Attorney.

Here’s the press release from December 28:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions appointed Benjamin G. Greenberg as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida on December 29, 2017. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Greenberg served as the Acting United States Attorney beginning in March 2017 and has been the First Assistant United States Attorney since 2010. He previously held a number of leadership positions in the Office, including serving as the first Chief of the newly created Special Prosecutions Section, where he oversaw the Office’s efforts to combat violent crime, child exploitation, and human trafficking. In 2009, Mr. Greenberg became Chief of the Narcotics Section. In that capacity, he supervised the prosecution of international and domestic narcotics and money laundering cases, as well as violations of the Bank Secrecy Act.

Mr. Greenberg joined the United States Attorney’s Office in 2000 and has handled a wide variety of complex, challenging, and high-profile white collar, violent crime, narcotics, and organized crime cases. He was the lead prosecutor in a series of significant cases against various Israeli organized crime figures extradited to the United States. In recognition of these efforts, Mr. Greenberg received a national award from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force. Mr. Greenberg was also part of the trial team that prosecuted the President and Chief Executive Officer of a well-known financial institution for securities and bank fraud arising from a complex international accounting fraud scheme. The Daily Business Review recognized Mr. Greenberg as one of the community’s most effective lawyers for his work on this case.

Mr. Greenberg served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jon Phipps McCalla in Memphis, Tennessee after graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center. Prior to law school, Mr. Greenberg received a fellowship from the Rotary Foundation to study in Jerusalem, Israel after graduating with honors from the University of Pennsylvania.


Anonymous said...

thanks for the explanation

Anonymous said...

any update on the judges?