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Monday, February 5, 2018

Manhattan U.S. Attorney Announces The Appointment Of Senior Counsel To The US Attorney

Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, today announced the selection of Audrey Strauss as Senior Counsel to the US Attorney.

Ms. Strauss will return to the Office where she was an Assistant US Attorney for seven years, from 1976 to 1983, and tried more than twenty cases, eventually being promoted to the Chief of Appeals in the Criminal Division and later as Chief of the Securities and Commodities Fraud Unit.  Ms. Strauss also served on the staff for the Independent Counsel for the Iran Contra matter. Following her public service, Ms. Strauss practiced at the firms of Fried Frank Harris & Jacobson, where she was a Litigation Partner from 1990 to 2012, and Mudge Rose Guthrie & Alexander, where she became a partner in 1986. Most recently, Ms. Strauss served as Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Alcoa Inc. Ms. Strauss earned her Juris Doctor degree at Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Kent Scholar.  She received her Bachelor of Arts degree cum laude from Barnard College.

In making the appointment, Manhattan US Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said:  “I’m delighted to announce that Audrey Strauss will be (re)-joining us today in her new role as Senior Counsel to the US Attorney.  Audrey’s career has been notable for her commitment to the legal profession and the rule of law: she served as an Officer and Trustee of the Federal Bar Council, as a former President of the New York Council of Defense Lawyers, and as a board member of the Office of Appellate Defender. Most recently Audrey has served as a board member of the Innocence Project, a position she just left in order to come back to serve the Office.  She has also served as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. It is an illustrious record of service, and I am so happy that she has decided to return to the Office.”

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Updated February 5, 2018