Norton Recommendation Graves Approved by Senate Judiciary Committee for U.S. Attorney for D.C.

Oct 4, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) said she was very pleased that the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of Matthew M. Graves for U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Norton recommended Graves to President Biden. Biden, like Presidents Clinton and Obama, has granted Norton senatorial courtesy for judges on the U.S. District Court for D.C., the U.S. Attorney for D.C., the U.S. Marshal for the D.C. Superior Court, and the U.S. Marshal for the U.S. District Court for D.C. The U.S. Attorney for D.C. is unique because the position prosecutes both federal and most adult D.C. crimes. Norton has introduced a bill that would give D.C. the authority to prosecute all local D.C. crimes.

“Matthew Graves possesses all the qualities to be an exceptional U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia: experience, integrity, temperament, and intelligence,” Norton said. “He served with distinction as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, demonstrating that he has the experience and judgment to serve as an excellent U.S. Attorney for the District.”

Graves is a partner at DLA Piper LLP, a global business law firm, where he has practiced since 2016. He is currently a litigation and compliance partner in the Washington, DC office, representing corporations and individuals in government investigations, criminal and regulatory proceedings, and civil litigation.

Prior to practicing at DLA Piper, Graves worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in D.C., where he served in the Office’s Fraud and Public Corruption Section, ultimately serving as the acting chief of the Section. From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Graves was an associate at WilmerHale.

Graves received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 2001 and his B.A. from Washington and Lee University in 1998. He clerked for Judge Richard W. Roberts on the United States District Court for the District of Columbia from 2001 to 2002.

Federal law does not require the U.S. attorney for D.C. to live in D.C. even though U.S. attorneys in virtually every other jurisdiction are required to live in the jurisdiction where they serve. However, Norton requires every candidate she recommends pursuant to senatorial courtesy to commit to live in D.C. during their tenure. Graves lives in the District and has committed to live in D.C. during his tenure. 

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