On December 24, President Barack Obama ’91 nominated Ronald Machen ’94 to serve as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, pending confirmation by the Senate.

Currently a partner at Wilmer Hale in Washington, D.C., Machen devotes his practice to complex civil litigation, white-collar criminal defense, and internal corporate investigations. Prior to joining the firm in 2001, Machen served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in D.C.

In 2008, the National Law Journal named Machen one of the 50 Most Influential Minority Lawyers in America, and in 2006 Washingtonian magazine named him one of D.C.’s “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40.”

A former co-chair of the Criminal Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association, Machen has taught trial advocacy skills to practicing lawyers as part of the D.C. Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Program. He has also served as a lecturer on trial advocacy at Howard University School of Law.

In addition to his J.D. from HLS, Machen holds an A.B. from Stanford University. After graduating from HLS, he clerked for the Hon. Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.