Geoffrey Berman, who co-leads the New Jersey office of international law firm Greenberg Traurig, is in consideration to lead the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Manhattan, BuzzFeed reported Monday afternoon.
Former New York City mayor and former Southern District of New York U.S. Attorney Rudy Giuliani also is a partner at the firm.
According to the report, Berman’s name was part of a package of proposed candidates for New York judicial and U.S. attorney vacancies sent by the White House last month. Berman’s name was the only one the White House proposed for U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, which was left vacant in March after President Donald Trump fired Preet Bharara, according to the report.
By contrast, the Trump administration sent several names for federal judgeships and for the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, BuzzFeed reports.
Berman, who also practices in New York , previously had been mentioned as a likely nominee for U.S. attorney for New Jersey, but supporters of Alston & Bird’s Craig Carpenito wanted Carpenito for that post, sibling publication the New Jersey Law Journal reported in May. Gov. Chris Christie and Republican members of the state’s congressional delegation wanted Carpenito, who was Christie’s colleague in the U.S. Attorney’s Office before going into private practice, according to that report.
Berman, of Princeton, New Jersey, served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1994, according to a biography posted on the law firm’s website. He did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Berman specializes in criminal and regulatory investigations and commercial litigation, according to the firm’s site.
A spokeswoman for the White House declined to comment on Berman Monday.
Inquiries made to the Southern District, the Department of Justice and Greenberg Traurig were not returned.