Herdman became a U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio in 2017. He was named a US attorney for the District of Columbia, but is returning to private life.
CLEVELAND – (The video above is from June 2020.)
Justin E. Herdman, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, announced today that he has submitted his resignation to President Donald J. Trump and Attorney General William P. Barr.
Herdman was sworn in as a United States attorney on August 21, 2017 and will step down on January 8. Under federal law, First Assistant US Attorney, Bridget Brennan, will be sworn in as Acting US Attorney at the Effective Date of Herdman.
“I commend US attorney Justin Herdman for his excellent service to the Department of Justice and the Americans over the past several years,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.
“Justin is an accomplished and principled official who has also served as an invaluable member of the Attorney General’s Advisory Council. His unwavering commitment to building safe communities and the justice of the citizens of North Ohio and our nation has been extraordinary. Under his leadership, his office forged partnerships with law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels to combat addiction and violence in his community. I wish him all the best for the future. “
In May, Trump announced that Justin Herdman would be nominated as a US attorney for the District of Columbia Replace Timothy Shea, a former Barr aide who has been in the role temporarily since February.
Herdman announced on Wednesday that he will be returning to private life.
Herdman was a partner on Jones Day in Cleveland, practicing investigative and business defense in the practice group. Prior to joining Jones Day, Herdman served as United States assistant attorney in Cleveland, pursuing multiple terrorist cases and complex national security issues. Herdman also served as the Assistant District Attorney in New York City.
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Herdman was also an Attorney General in the United States Air Force Reserve and an Associate Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University, where he taught international criminal law and national security law.
“Serving as the US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio for the past three years has been a unique honor,” said Herdman. “There aren’t many jobs that you can work every day keeping the safety and wellbeing of millions of your neighbors and friends safe. I grew up in Nordohio, that’s where my wife and I decided to start a family, and that’s where I’ve always wanted to spend my entire career. It is the privilege of a lifetime to have the opportunity to make even a small contribution to the future of our community. “
“I would like to thank President Trump, Attorney General, and Attorney General Barr for their trust in the leadership of this office. I would also like to thank Senator Portman and Senator Brown, who both originally recommended me for the position and who trust in my ability to serve all of North Ohio. I am also deeply grateful to the men and women of the US Attorney General who have helped me carry out the virtuous mission of the Justice Department. Their work and commitment to the pursuit of justice make our communities and our country a better place to live.
“As a person soon to return to life, I am forever grateful for their vigilance in protecting the public. All credit for my service as a lawyer in the United States belongs to you and our law enforcement partners, and for that I thank you permanent. ”