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Who is Trevor McFadden?

Trevor McFadden is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Age:  38

Current Position:  Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

Education:

  • B.A., Wheaton College (2001), magna cum laude

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2006), Order of the Coif; Editor, Virginia Law Review

Clerkship:  Judge Steven M. Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (2006-2007)

Experience:

  • 2007-2009:  Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Deputy Attorney General, U.S. Department of Justice, (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2009-2013:  Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia (Washington, D.C.)

  • 2013-2017:  Associate and Partner, Baker & McKenzie LLP (Washington, D.C.)

  • January 2017-present:  Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice (Washington, D.C.)

Notable Matters:

  • Under McFadden’s leadership, the Department of Justice has brought the Nation’s first prosecution under the federal female genital mutilation statute and obtained a record 27-year sentence for a Russian hacker convicted of defrauding victims of over $169 million. 

  • During his time in private practice at Baker & McKenzie LLP, Mr. McFadden was a member of the Compliance, Investigations and Government Enforcement Group, representing multinational and domestic clients in white collar matters, including FCPA investigations, anti-money laundering compliance work, and U.S. trade compliance matters.

Biographical Notes:  Mr. McFadden is a native of the D.C. area and a former police officer.  He is married and has two children.

 

Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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