Ohio U. alum among Trump nominees for U.S. attorney posts


An Ohio University alumnus has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, one of eight U.S. attorney candidates announced Monday.

All must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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The Ohio nominee, Justin E. Herdman, is a partner in the Investigations & White Collar Defense practice group at Jones Day.

Prior to joining Jones Day, Herdman served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Cleveland.

During this time, Herdman prosecuted several terrorism cases and complex national security matters. He previously served as an assistant district attorney in New York City from 2001-05 and as an associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease, LLP.

He is a judge advocate general in the U.S. Air Force Reserve.

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Herdman received his B.A. from Ohio University in 1996, an masters of philosophy at the University of Glasgow in 1998, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001.

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman (R) and U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D) applaud the nomination.

The Northern District of Ohio consists of the 40 counties and has offices in Cleveland, Toledo, Akron and Youngstown. Portman and Brown recommended the appointment of Herdman on Feb. 3.

"His legal, military, and public service background, combined with his skill set addressing complex legal issues, makes him a strong candidate for this position that will serve the citizens of Ohio well," Sen. Portman said in a prepared statement.

"I look forward to his approval by the full Senate so that we can work together to address the heroin epidemic impacting our state, combat human trafficking, and stop violent crime in our communities."

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Sen. Brown, who also issued a prepared statement, said, "Justin Herdman is an experienced prosecutor and public servant who has what it takes to serve Ohio's Northern District. He brings a broad range of experience to the table, which will help him tackle the important issues in northern Ohio like overseeing the consent decree in Cleveland and working to tackle our state's opioid epidemic."

The U.S. attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her federal judicial district.

The other candidates announced Monday, if confirmed, would be for the Western District of Tennessee, the Middle District of Alabama, the District of Utah, the Eastern District of Oklahoma, the District of Columbia and the Northern as well as the Southern Districts of Alabama.

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