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June 13, 2017 at 3:31 pm

Trump Announces OHIO Alum as U.S. Attorney Candidate Nominee

“President Donald J. Trump today announced his first wave of United States Attorney candidates,” says a June 12 White House news release. And both Ohio senators applauded the nomination.

Justin E. Herdman

Justin E. Herdman

Among the eight nominees is Ohio University alum Justin E. Herdman ’96, who earned a B.A. in Global Studies Europe from the College of Arts & Sciences at Ohio University. Herdman is a partner at the Jones Day law firm.

The United States Attorney serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer within his or her Federal judicial district. These candidates share the President’s vision for “Making America Safe Again.” Accordingly, the President today announced his intent to nominate these individuals to serve as United States Attorney.

If confirmed, Justin E. Herdman of Ohio will serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. Justin E. Herdman is currently a partner in the Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group at Jones Day. Prior to joining Jones Day, Mr. Herdman served as an Assistant United States Attorney in Cleveland, Ohio. During this time, Mr. Herdman prosecuted several terrorism cases and complex national security matters. Mr. Herdman previously served as an Assistant District Attorney in New York City from 2001 to 2005 and as an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP.  He is currently a Judge Advocate General in the United States Air Force Reserve. Mr. Herdman received his B.A. from Ohio University in 1996, an M.Phil. at the University of Glasgow in 1998, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001.

The Dayton Daily News reports that “U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) applaud the nomination.

The Northern District of Ohio consists of the 40 counties and has offices in Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Youngstown. Portman and Brown recommended the appointment of Herdman on Feb. 3.

“His legal, military, and public service background, combined with his skill set addressing complex legal issues, makes him a strong candidate for this position that will serve the citizens of Ohio well,” Sen. Portman said in a prepared statement.

“I look forward to his approval by the full Senate so that we can work together to address the heroin epidemic impacting our state, combat human trafficking, and stop violent crime in our communities.”

Sen. Brown, who also issued a prepared statement, said, “Justin Herdman is an experienced prosecutor and public servant who has what it takes to serve Ohio’s Northern District. He brings a broad range of experience to the table, which will help him tackle the important issues in northern Ohio like overseeing the consent decree in Cleveland and working to tackle our state’s opioid epidemic.”

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