President Obama Nominates Seven to Serve as U.S. Attorneys

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WASHINGTON- Today, President Obama nominated Donald J. Cazayoux, Pamela Cothran Marsh, Zane David Memeger, Peter J. Smith, Edward L. Stanton III, John F. Walsh and Stephen R. Wiggington to serve as U.S. Attorneys. 

“For their diligence and relentless pursuit of justice, I have named these seven distinguished individuals to serve as U.S. Attorneys,” President Obama said. “They all possess a keen understanding of the law, and I am grateful for their commitment to public service and willingness to advocate on behalf of the American people.”

Donald J. Cazayoux: Nominee for U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
Donald Cazayoux currently works as an attorney in his own practice, Donald J. Cazayoux, Attorney at Law, as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District and since 2009 as a Mediator for Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions.  From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Cazayoux served as a United States Congressman for the Sixth District of Louisiana. Prior to his service in the House, Mr. Cazayoux was a solo-practitioner from 1994 to 2008, and an Assistant District Attorney for the 18th Judicial District from 1995 until 1999. Mr. Cazayoux also served as a Representative in the Louisiana State House of Representatives from 2000 until 2008. Mr. Cazayoux graduated from Louisiana State University in 1985 with his bachelor’s degree, and earned his master’s there in 1993. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center in 1991.

Pamela Cothran Marsh: Nominee for United States Attorney, Northern District of Florida
Pamela Marsh currently serves as Of Counsel for Akerman Senterfit, where she had previously been an associate from 1997 to 1999. From 1999 to 2006, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Tampa Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Florida. Prior to this, Ms. Marsh was an associate at Annis, Mitchell, Cockey, Edwards & Rohen from 1996 until 1997. From 1995 until 1996, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jane R. Roth for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. From 1994 until 1995, Ms. Marsh worked for Jenner & Block.  She started as a law clerk and then moved on to be an associate. Ms. Marsh graduated from Georgetown University in 1991 and from Georgetown University Law Center in 1995.

Zane David Memeger: Nominee for United States Attorney, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Zane Memeger is currently a Partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP where he has been since 2006. Previously, Mr. Memeger had served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, from 1995 until 2006. From 1991 until 1995, Mr. Memeger was an Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP. Mr. Memeger graduated from James Madison University in 1986 and from University of Virginia School of Law in 1991.

Peter J. Smith: Nominee for United States Attorney, Middle District of Pennsylvania
Peter Smith, is currently retired. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Smith was the Deputy State Treasurer for the Pennsylvania Treasury Department from 2005 to 2009. Mr. Smith was the Deputy Auditor General for Performance Audits in the Department of the Auditor General for the state of Pennsylvania from 1997 to 2005. From 1994 to 1997, he served as the Deputy Chief of the Environmental Crimes Section in the United States Department of Justice. From 1992 until 1994, Mr. Smith was an attorney for Vaira and Associates, P.C. From 1991 to 1992, he was an attorney with Buchanan Ingersoll. Mr. Smith also served as the State Inspector General for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from 1987 to 1991. From 1976 to 1987, Mr. Smith worked in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania as an Assistant United States Attorney, where he served as the First Assistant United States Attorney and from 1986 to 1987, and Chief of the Criminal Division from 1985 to 1986. In 1976, Mr. Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Attorney General’s Office for the State of Pennsylvania in the Office of the Philadelphia Special Prosecutor. From 1973 to 1976, Mr. Smith was a Staff Enforcement Attorney in the United States Environmental Protection Agency, and he served as an Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney’s Office for the city of Philadelphia from 1971 to 1973. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Smith served in the United States Naval Reserve, from 1962 to 1966, where he achieved the rank of Lieutenant (Junior Grade). Mr. Smith graduated from King’s College in 1962 and Georgetown University Law Center in 1971.

Edward L. Stanton III: Nominee for United States Attorney, Western District of Tennessee
Edward Stanton is currently Senior Counsel for Federal Express, where he has been since 2002. Prior to that, Mr. Stanton was an Associate Attorney at Armstrong Allen PLLC, from 2001 to 2002. From 2000 to 2001, he was an Assistant City Attorney in the City Attorney’s Office for Memphis. From 1997 to 2000, Mr. Stanton was an Associate Attorney in the Law Offices of Charles E. Carpenter, P.C. Mr. Stanton graduated from the University of Memphis in 1994 and from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in 1997.

John F. Walsh: Nominee for United States Attorney, District of Colorado
John Walsh is currently a Partner at Hill & Robbins, PC, where he has been since 1999. Prior to that, from 1995 to 1999, Mr. Walsh worked at Holland & Hart, LLP; first as Of Counsel from 1995 to 1997, and then as a Partner from 1998 to 1999. In addition, Mr. Walsh was a Legal Commentator for CBS News from 1996 to 1999. From 1987 to 1995, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California. Mr. Walsh graduated from Williams College in 1983 and from Stanford Law School in 1986.

Stephen R. Wigginton: Nominee for U.S. Attorney, Southern District of Illinois
Stephen Wigginton, 46, currently serves as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the Felony Division of the Madison County’s State’s Attorney’s Office since 1999, and as a partner at Weilmuenster & Wigginton, P.C., since 2000. Prior to this, Mr. Wigginton was an associate attorney with Becker Paulson & Hoerner, P.C., from 1996 to 2000, with Kassley Bone Becker Dix Reagan & Young from 1994 to 1996, and with Jenkins Kling & Sauerwein, P.C., from 1992 to 1994. Mr. Wigginton served an Assistant Circuit Attorney-Felony Prosecutor with the City of St. Louis’ Circuit Attorney’s Office from 1990 to 1992. Mr. Wigginton began his legal career working as an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel for the May Department Stores Company from 1988 to 1990. Mr. Wigginton graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1985 and from St. Louis University School of Law in 1988.