Rosenstein Nominated To Be DAG


Rod J. Rosenstein, the U.S. attorney in Baltimore, has been nominated to be the Deputy Attorney General. Rosenstein, 52, is the sole holdover U.S. attorney from the George W. Bush administration who is still in office. He is the longest-serving U.S. Attorney in the nation, having been confirmed for the District of Maryland in 2005.  If confirmed, he will continue the recent trend of former U.S. Attorneys elevated to the posts of Attorney General (Holder, Lynch and Sessions) and Deputy AG (Yates, Rosenstein).

Rosenstein, a Harvard law graduate, joined the Justice Department in 1990 as a trial attorney in the criminal division’s public integrity section.

Alex Acosta Nominated as Labor Secretary

Alex Acosta

On Thursday, February 16, President Trump named former United States Attorney R. Alexander Acosta (Southern District of Florida) to be his next pick for labor secretary. Acosta served as an assistant attorney general for the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department. He also served on the National Labor Relations Board. He is currently the dean of the law school at Florida International University. He also served as a clerk to Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, Jr. , when Alito was a judge on the Third Circuit.

Acosta received his law degree from Harvard Law School, worked at Kirkland & Ellis and taught at George Mason University Law School.

Jim Connelly Dies

 Jim Connelly

James P. Connelly, who served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington from 1993-2000, passed away on February 14, 2017. He was born in Spokane, Washington. Jim’s family emigrated from Tuam, Ireland in 1860. His father became both a U.S. Attorney and State Supreme Court Judge. Jim attended college at Notre Dame, and Gonzaga University and graduated from Gonzaga Law School. After working as a prosecutor for Spokane County he joined the firm of Cashatt, Williams, Connelly and Rekofke. He later joined his lifelong friends Robert McNicols, Leo Driscoll and Mike Cronin to form the law firm of Winston Cashatt. Throughout his career he was known as a fierce and brilliant trial lawyer, a passion he shared with many attorneys throughout his career. He retired from private practice and taught for a short time at Gonzaga Law School before following in his father’s footsteps and was appointed U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Washington.

Jim was known for his colorful language, his love of books, his enjoyment of a good gathering with friends and a stiff glass of good scotch. Most important to Jim were his eight children.  Jim and his wife Marianne, enjoyed many wonderful years with his large family, taking trips to the Oregon coast, skiing at Schweitzer, sailing on Lake Pend Orielle, and spending winters at the beach in Coronado, California. Jim is survived by his wife Marianne; his eight children and their spouses, Patrick (Laurie), Michael (Sue), Anne (Gordon Connelly-Chew), Lisa (Kubi Ibrahim), Mary (Jim Doherty), Matt (Kristi), Cara (Ahmad Mohammadian) and Kathleen (Tom Arnold); 21 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and his cousin Kathy Connelly.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, February 18 at St. Aloysius Church at 10:00am, followed immediately by a reception at Cataldo Hall. As is our custom, NAFUSA arranged for an American flag to be flown over Main Justice on February 15 in Jim’s honor, and it will be presented to his family as a token of the regard with which he was held by his colleagues. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s name can be made to Volunteers of America, Crosswalk Shelter.

Orwig Joins Winston & Strawn

Matt Orwig

Winston & Strawn announced that NAFUSA life member and past president Matthew Orwig has joined the firm as head of the litigation and investigations practice for the Dallas office. He has more than 30 years of experience investigating and litigating complex civil and criminal cases. Matt’s cases include high-profile money laundering, public corruption, securities fraud, insider trading, health care fraud, and civil and criminal fraud. He also focuses his practice on civil and criminal fraud investigations, False Claims Act (FCA) and qui tam actions, internal corporate investigations, complex civil litigation, and litigation involving government agencies. Matt previously served in the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), initially as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and culminating in his presidential appointment as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Texas (2001-2007).

Winston & Strawn is an international law firm with more than 875 attorneys across 17 offices. The exceptional depth and geographic reach of its resources enable the firm to manage virtually every type of business-related legal issue. The firm’s Dallas office opened in February 2017 with a well-established and sizable group of partners from eight major law firms. As the firm’s second office in the state of Texas, the Dallas office complements the firm’s existing capabilities in the areas of corporate, finance, private equity, real estate, tax, and civil and criminal litigation and regulatory defense.

DeGabrielle Joins Lewis Brisbois

Don DeGabrielle

Don DeGabrielle

NAFUSA member Donald J. DeGabrielle, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas (2006-2008), has joined Lewis Brisbois as a partner in its Houston office, where he will chair the firm’s national White Collar Criminal Defense and FCPA Practice. He is admitted to and licensed in Texas and Louisiana with active practices in each state.

“Don DeGabrielle’s depth of experience in federal law enforcement, including his time as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, will provide us with a skill set that can be marketed nationally. We are extremely excited that he is joining our Houston office,” said Houston Managing Partner David Oubre.

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Michael Johns Dies, 67


Michael A. Johns passed away on January 13, 2017, in Phoenix. Mike served as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona from 1997-1998, and spent his entire professional career in the United States Attorney’s Office. He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Susan; and their children, Kevin, Emily Jagodzinski and Ryan; and two grandchildren, Aiden and Allie Jagodzinski. A funeral mass will be held Friday, January 27, 2017, at 11 am at St Paul’s Catholic Church in Phoenix with a Celebration of Life service at noon in the church hall. As is our custom, an American flag was flown over Main Justice at NAFUSA’s request and will be present to Mike’s family by his friend, NAFUSA member Jose de Jesus Rivera.

George Beall Dies, 79

George Beall, with AG Elliot Richardson in 1973 (Mike Lien/The New York Times)

George Beall, with AG Elliot Richardson in 1973 (Mike Lien/The New York Times)

NAFUSA life member George Beall, 79, died on Sunday in Naples Florida. Beall was best known for his prosecution of Vice President Spiro Agnew, which led to Agnew’s resignation in 1973. Beall served as the United States Attorney for the District of Maryland (1970-1975).

Beall graduated from Princeton University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He clerked for Chief Judge Simon E. Sobeloff of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. After his government service, he was a partner at the law firm of Hogan Lovells until his retirement several years ago.

Beale is survived by his wife Carolyn Campbell; a daughter, Rebecca Beall DiSabato; two step-sons, James C. Alban IV and Nicholas Guy Alban; a step-daughter, Tobey Frederick; 16 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Click here to read the New York Times obituary

As is our custom, NAFUSA will arrange to have an American flag flown over Main Justice in George’s honor and presented to the family as a token of the appreciation in which he was held by his colleagues.