Former Federal Prosecutor Nominated By Trump As U.S. Attorney

August 18, 2018 Updated: August 18, 2018

President Donald Trump nominated a former federal prosecutor who is now a partner in a corporate law firm in San Francisco as U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California on August 16.

David Anderson, 55, a partner in the San Francisco office of Chicago-based Sidley Austin LLP, must be approved by the U.S. Senate before taking office. The Northern California U.S. attorney supervises 135 federal lawyers in civil and criminal cases concerning the U.S. government in a district that encompasses the Bay Area and coastal Northern California to the Oregon border.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is based in San Francisco and has branches in San Jose and Oakland. Anderson previously worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office as a prosecutor from 1998 to 2002 and later as first assistant U.S. attorney, or second in command, under U.S. Attorney Joseph Russoniello from 1998 to 2002.

He graduated with honors from San Jose State University in 1985 and Stanford Law School in 1990. In 1991-92, he served as a law clerk to recently retired U.S.
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy. As a private lawyer, Anderson represented companies and individuals in civil and criminal cases. His corporate clients have included AT&T Inc., Facebook Inc., Genentech Inc. and Wells Fargo & Co., according to Sidley Austin.

Anderson said in a statement, “I am honored and grateful to have received this recognition.”If officially nominated and confirmed, I would love to re-enter government service and lead the team of professionals in the U.S. Attorney’s office,” he said.

If approved by the Senate, Anderson will replace Acting U.S. Attorney Alex Tse, who was temporarily appointed to that position by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in January. Tse previously served as first assistant U.S. attorney. Tse stated, “I have known Dave Anderson for almost three decades and I am certain he will be an outstanding U.S. attorney. I am honored to continue in the role of U.S. attorney until he is confirmed and I look forward to a smooth transition to his leadership.”