ATLANTA – The U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia across the Trump Administration returns to private practice.
Byung J. “BJay” Pak will return to Alston & Bird next month as a partner in its Litigation & Trial Practice Group, the Atlanta-based company announced.
“BJay is a gifted attorney, committed civil servant and leader with considerable experience and expertise,” said Richard Hays, chairman and managing partner of Alston & Bird. “He brings additional stature and builds our reputation as the leading choice for internal investigative advisors, clerks, and other complex civil and criminal proceedings.”
Pak was sworn in as a U.S. attorney in October 2017, making him the first Korean in the country to hold the office. He resigned from the Justice Department earlier this month, reportedly for refusing to prosecute unsubstantiated fraud allegations in Georgia over the November 3 elections.
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Pak served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2011 to 2017, representing a district in Gwinnett County.
As the chief federal law enforcement officer for 46 counties in northern Georgia, Pak oversaw all criminal and civil matters and oversaw more than 100 US assistant attorneys. Under his leadership, the US Attorney’s Office has pursued significant cases related to insider trading, domestic and international corruption, financial fraud and cybersecurity.
Pak began his career with Alston & Bird in 2000, where he focused on complex litigation and regulatory investigations. Two years later, he was appointed U.S. Assistant Attorney in the Northern District of Georgia, prosecuting money laundering, intellectual property and white collar crimes.