U.S. Attorney BJay Pak of the Northern District of Georgia has hired eight new assistant U.S. attorneys for the office—Pak’s first AUSA hires since he became the U.S. attorney in Atlanta last fall.
The office, which employs a total of 95 AUSAs, gained five new prosecutors for its criminal division: Angela Adams, Theodore Hertzberg, Leanne Marek, Noah Schechtman and Erin Spritzer.
The other three new hires, Austin Hall, Flora Manship and Andres Sandoval, joined the civil division.
“The opportunity to represent the United States is one of the greatest honors for a lawyer,” Pak said in a statement. “I’m honored to lead these exceptionally talented and dedicated lawyers whose commitment to public service is unmatched.”
Five of the new hires have already gained experience as prosecutors at the federal, state and county levels, while three, Manship, Marek and Sandoval, came from law firms. But almost all have spent some time in private practice.
Three—Adams, Hall and Marek—had been associates at Alston & Bird, where Pak also spent two years as an associate before 9/11 inspired him to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Georgia in 2002. Pak spent six years as an AUSA before returning to private practice.
In another Alston & Bird tie to Georgia’s Northern District, partner Mike Brown in January became a U.S. district judge for the federal court in Atlanta. A former federal prosecutor for the Northern District, Brown had co-headed Alston’s white collar practice.
The office also has just lost a senior AUSA, Larry Sommerfeld, to Alston & Bird. He joined the firm’s data privacy and security practice after almost 16 years as a federal prosecutor, where he’d headed the Atlanta office’s appellate section and its Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.
The new AUSA hires follow Pak’s reorganization of the office in January, with a number of leadership changes and promotions.
Adams, like most of the new hires for the criminal division, already has prosecution experience. She had been a trial attorney for the Department of Justice Fraud Section in Washington and before that spent six years at Alston & Bird working on government investigations and white collar crime matters. She has a law degree from Howard University and clerked for Senior Judge Clarence Cooper of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia.
Hertzberg also has federal prosecution experience as an AUSA for the Southern District of Georgia, where he was asset forfeiture chief. Before that, he was an associate at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel in New York. Hertzberg has a law degree from New York University and clerked for Chief Judge Kristi DuBose of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
Marek had been a senior associate at Alston & Bird, where she focused on white collar matters. While earning her law degree from the University of Virginia, Marek was a summer clerk for the office and interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Virginia.
Schechtman had gained prosecution experience as a senior assistant district attorney in the trial division for the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. As a senior assistant district attorney, he tried cases over charges including narcotics, trafficking, armed robbery and murder. He has a law degree from Syracuse University and clerked for Judge Daniel Yablonsky of the Superior Court-Passaic Vicinage Criminal Division in New Jersey.
Spritzer, like Adams and Hertzberg, also had been working as a federal prosecutor. She joined from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Georgia, where she prosecuted narcotics, firearms, public corruption and child pornography cases. Before that, she was an associate with the Law Office of Arthur W. Leach, handling white collar and civil defense matters. Spritzer has a law degree from Emory University.
Hall returned to the office’s civil division after serving as an assistant attorney general for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office on the Medicaid Fraud Control Unit. Before becoming a prosecutor, Hall was a senior associate at Alston & Bird, working on federal securities fraud, SEC enforcement and insider trading cases. He has a law degree from Georgia State University and served as an extern for Judge Frank Hull of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Manship joined the office from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where she was a senior associate focused on labor and employment litigation. She has a law degree from Emory University and interned with Judge Allison Accurso of the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Sandoval joined from Sequor Law in Miami, which represents banks, state entities and companies in asset recovery, financial fraud, insolvency and financial services matters. Sandoval has a law degree from the University of Florida and was an extern for Judge Robert Mark of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Miami.