Seton Hall Law Alumni Becomes Interim U.S. Attorney for N.J.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions today announced the appointment of Craig Carpenito as Interim United States Attorney pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 546, which provides that “the Attorney General may appoint a United States Attorney for the district in which the office of United States Attorney is vacant.” This appointment will take effect Jan. 5, 2018.
“Craig Carpenito has experience in private practice, with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and as an Assistant United States Attorney,” Sessions said. “He has successfully prosecuted white collar criminals and fraudsters, and as Interim United States Attorney for New Jersey, he will continue to put criminals out of business—and behind bars.”
The interim U.S. attorney is regard as an ally of Governor Chris Christie, a former U.S. Attorney.
Carpenito currently serves as a partner at Alston & Bird LLP, where he is a co-chair of the firm’s Litigation and Trial Practice Group and its Government and Internal Investigations Team. He served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey from 2005 to 2008.
Between August 2000 and September 2005, he served as Senior Counsel in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Enforcement, New York Regional Office. He received his B.A. from Rider University in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in Newark.
Upon the appointment of Carpenito as Interim United States Attorney, Acting United States Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick will resume his role as First Assistant United States Attorney.