There are currently 93 U.S. Attorneys in the United States. The Office of the United States Attorney was created along with the office of Attorney General and the United States Marshals Service in 1789. At that time the structure of the Supreme Court of the United States and the lower courts of the United States Federal Judiciary were formed. In 1870 the U.S. Attorneys were put under the Attorney General, with the creation of the Department of Justice.
Florida Districts and Their U.S. Attorneys
Pamela Cothran Marsh
Pamela Cothran Marsh became the 40th United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida on June 25, 2010. Attorney Marsh was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position. She is the first woman ever for the Northern District of Florida.
Mrs. Marsh grew up in Tallahassee and attended elementary, middle and high school in Leon County. She attended Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1991. She continued her legal studies at the Georgetown Law Center, where she graduated cum laude in 1994 and served as managing editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.
Upon finishing law school, Mrs. Marsh served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jane R. Roth, a federal appellate court judge, sitting on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Following her clerkship, Mrs. Marsh spent her first few years after law school in private practice in Tampa, Florida, before joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division, where she served approximately 7 years. There, she handled a wide range of cases including international narcotics trafficking, health care and insurance fraud, child exploitation crimes, money laundering, and defense contracting fraud.
U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida
Lee Bentley, III
Lee Bentley is currently the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. Previously, he served as the First Assistant to United States Attorney Robert E. O’Neill.
The Middle District of Florida serves 35 of the 67 counties in Florida, which is over half the population of Florida from Jacksonville in the north, Orlando in the center of the state, through Tampa on the west coast, and south to the Ft. Myers area. Headquartered in Tampa, five offices are located throughout the district.
He graduated with the highest honors from the University of Georgia (1980) and the University of Virginia School of Law (1983).
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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Florida
Wifredo A. Ferrer
Wifred Ferrer was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida and became the attorney in 2010.
As United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer is the chief federal law enforcement officer for the District.
In January 2014, Mr. Ferrer was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder to serve a two-year term on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC). Prior to his appointment as United States Attorney, Mr. Ferrer held the position of Chief of the Federal Litigation Section at the Miami-Dade County Attorney’s Office.
Mr. Ferrer has a long career in public service. After graduating law school in 1990, Mr. Ferrer clerked for then-District (now 11th Circuit) Judge Stanley Marcus. Upon completing his clerkship, Mr. Ferrer joined the Miami law firm of Steel Hector& Davis in the fall of 1991. After three years in private practice, Mr. Ferrer returned to public service, first as a White House Fellow and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and later as Deputy Chief of Staff and Counsel to then Attorney General Janet Reno.
After five years at the Department of Justice, Mr. Ferrer returned to Miami in 2000 to become an Assistant U.S. Attorney. While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, he served in the Public Integrity and National Security Section, the Economic Crimes Section, the Major Crimes Section, and the Appellate Division of the Office. As an Assistant U.S. Attorney, Mr. Ferrer handled and tried numerous high profile matters, including international money laundering, health care fraud, narcotics, international human rights abuses, immigration, and firearms offenses.
During his career, Mr. Ferrer has been recognized as one of the Top Government Attorneys by both South Florida Legal Guide and Florida Legal Elite. In addition, he received the Attorney General’s Medal in 2000, and Superior Performance and Special Merit Awards for his work as an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Mr. Ferrer, a Miami native, received his undergraduate degree in Economics (1987) from the University of Miami, in Coral Gables, graduating first in his class. He then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where he was an editor of the Law Review, President of his class, and graduated cum laude in 1990. Mr. Ferrer attended Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School, in Hialeah, where he graduated as Valedictorian of his class.