U.S. Attorney Byung J. “BJay” Pak has named 13 new assistant U.S. attorneys for the Northern District of Georgia.
“Citizens expect exceptionally talented and dedicated lawyers to represent the United States in federal court,” Pak said in a news release late Friday. “These outstanding assistant U.S. attorneys have proven they are committed to excellence in their service to our country, and the citizens of the Northern District of Georgia.”
Following are Pak’s new hires:
Miguel Acosta, criminal division. He is a former special assistant U.S. attorney in the Western District of Texas. He prosecuted immigration offenses. Prior to that, he was an attorney with Gobel Flakes in Orlando. He also served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge Karla Spaulding in the Middle District of Florida. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Tampa with a degree in criminology, and he received his law degree, cum laude, from Florida State University College of Law. He started his career in the U.S. Air Force JAG Corps, and is currently a JAG in the Florida Air National Guard.
Carolyn “Tippi” Cain Burch, appeals and legal advice division. She previously handled complex civil litigation and appeals for Chalmers Burch & Adams. Earlier in her career, she was a senior litigation associate with King & Spalding and Swift Currie, McGhee, & Hiers. She was a law clerk for Judge C. Ashley Royal of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Georgia. Burch graduated cum laude with a degree in political science from Auburn University and received her law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia—where she was vice chair of the Moot Court Board. She currently serves as chairwoman of the board of the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.
Anthony DeCinque, civil division. He was a senior associate at Morris, Manning & Martin, where he handled complex commercial litigation and appellate matters. Previously, he worked at Mayer Brown and Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler in New York. He graduated from Georgia Tech, where he majored in chemical engineering, and NYU Law School. He clerked for Judge Morton Greenberg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Akash Desai, civil division. He moved from Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, where he was an associate in the trademark litigation group. Desai graduated magna cum laude with a degree in political science from the University of Rochester. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law. He also holds an L.L.M. from NYU Law School. He clerked for Judge Jon McCalla of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee and for Judge Aleta Trauger of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Irina Dutcher, criminal division. She served as a chief senior assistant district attorney for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. She previously was an associate at Kilpatrick Townsend. She clerked for Judge C. Lynwood Smith of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. She earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and her B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Southern California.
Soo Jo, civil division. She served as the senior staff attorney for the Magistrate Court of Gwinnett County and has more than two decades of experience representing city and county governments in numerous subject matter areas. She received her J.D. from Georgia State University College of Law and her B.S. from Georgetown University.
Alex Joseph, criminal division. She was an assistant solicitor in the Fourteenth Circuit Solicitor’s Office in Beaufort, South Carolina, handling felony prosecutions. She was previously an assistant district attorney in the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit. She previously served as an extern for U.S. Magistrate Judge Linda T. Walker. She clerked for Superior Court Judge Robert Chasteen of the Cordele Judicial Circuit. She earned a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law, cum laude, and a B.A. in political science from Wellesley College.
Cal Leipold, criminal division. He was previously an assistant U.S. attorney in the Middle District of Louisiana, where he prosecuted violent crime cases. Previously, he served as a JAG officer in the U.S. Army. He has done a tour of duty in Kandahar, Afghanistan, and was awarded the Bronze Star. He earned a B.A. in history from Furman University and a law degree from Georgia State University College of Law. He was the chief justice of the Student Honor Court and a member of the Moot Court Board. He also earned an L.L.M. in national security law from Georgetown University Law Center. He’s an Atlanta native.
Mellori Lumpkin-Dawson, civil division. She was a litigator at Greenberg Traurig, where she handled all aspects of employment litigation. Previously, she practiced law at Holland & Knight in Atlanta. She graduated summa cum laude from Florida A&M University in business administration. She received her law degree from UC-Berkeley, where she was the supervising editor of the California Law Review and served as the articles editor of the Berkeley Journal of African-American Law & Policy. From August 2012 to October 2012, she served as a special assistant district attorney for the South Georgia Judicial Circuit. She’s a native of Bainbridge in South Georgia.
Scott McAfee, criminal division. He was a senior assistant district attorney for Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard, where he was a member of the major case division handling murder cases. He worked as an intern for Georgia Supreme Court Presiding Justice David Nahmias. He is an Eagle Scout. He earned his law degree, cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law and his B.A. in political science and music from Emory University.
Annalise Peters, criminal division. She came from Alston & Bird, where she was an associate in the litigation and trial practice group. She interned with the U.S. attorney in the major crimes section in 2013 and co-tried a marriage fraud case through the third-year law intern program. She clerked for Judge Julie Carnes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She earned her law degree from the University of Virginia Law School, where she was the assistant managing editor of the Virginia Law Review. She earned her B.A. from the University of Georgia, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa. She was the captain of the UGA varsity track & field team. She’s an Atlanta native.
Teresa Marie Stolze, criminal division. She was a senior assistant DeKalb County district attorney in the Stone Mountain Judicial Circuit. She was an intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office on two occasions: from February to May 2007, and from June to August 2009. She served as a law clerk for then-Superior Court Judge Tilman “Tripp” Self III and Judge Edgar W. Ennis of the Macon Judicial Circuit. She also worked as a law clerk for Judge Steve Jones, who was then on the Superior Court of Athens-Clarke County. She is a “double dawg, earning her B.A. (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and J.D. from the University of Georgia.
Samuel Williams, civil division. He served as a trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Atlanta. Previously, he worked as an extern for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He was a judicial intern for Judge Linda M. McGee, North Carolina Court of Appeals. He earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina and earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Appalachian State University.