10/15/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/15/2021 12:20
Breon Peace was sworn in earlier today as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York by United States Chief District Judge Margo K. Brodie. He was appointed by President Joseph R. Biden. As U.S. Attorney, Mr. Peace leads an office that is responsible for all federal criminal and civil cases in a district comprised of more than 8 million people in the boroughs of Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island, and in Nassau and Suffolk counties on Long Island. Mr. Peace now supervises a staff of approximately 163 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 116 support personnel. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Peace was a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and was a member of the firm's White-Collar Defense & Investigations and Litigation Groups.
"I am honored to serve as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. This Office has a long history of excellence, integrity, and outstanding service to the community. I look forward to leading the Office's incredibly talented and dedicated women and men in addressing present and future challenges in the Eastern District. We will continue to work tirelessly with our law enforcement partners to pursue equal justice under the law, and protect and serve the people of the district. I am eager to get to work," stated United States Attorney Peace.
Mr. Peace has had a distinguished career, having joined Cleary in 1996. From 1997 to 1998, he served as law clerk to The Honorable Sterling Johnson, Jr., of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. From 2000 to 2002, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where he successfully handled a wide array of federal criminal cases in the district court and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. As an Acting Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law, Mr. Peace trained aspiring prosecutors in the law school's Prosecution Clinic during the 2002-2003 academic year. He returned to Cleary in 2003 and in 2007 made history by becoming the first African American man to be elected partner at the firm. In addition to handling significant white collar, regulatory enforcement, and complex commercial litigation matters for clients, Mr. Peace held several positions of leadership at the firm, serving most recently as a member its Global Executive Committee.
In 2012, Mr. Peace was appointed by The Honorable Nicholas G. Garaufis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York to serve as a Special Master in United States et al. v. City of New York, a high-profile case brought against the New York City Fire Department alleging discrimination on the basis of race and national origin in hiring black and Hispanic firefighters. While at the law firm, Mr. Peace also maintained an active pro bono practice vindicating the rights of clients in criminal, immigration, human trafficking, and civil rights cases. Notably, he led the team of lawyers that in 2016 won dismissal of the indictment of a man who had been wrongly convicted of murder, rape, and robbery in 1981 and spent almost 30 years in prison.
Mr. Peace received his J.D. in 1996 from New York University School of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and later served as a member of the Board of Trustees, and his B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993.