Senate Confirms David Anderson as Northern District US Attorney
The U.S. Senate has confirmed David Anderson for a four-year term as the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California. Anderson was among a batch of more than 80 of President Donald Trump’s executive branch nominees, including seven other U.S. Attorneys, who were passed through the Senate by voice vote Wednesday.
“I am grateful for Senate confirmation,” Anderson said. “I am especially grateful to the Senate Majority Leader, the Senate Judiciary Chairman, and our California Senators for advancing my nomination.”
The Senate Judiciary Committee—where both California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Kamala Harris have served during the 115th Congress—discharged Anderson’s nomination to the full Senate by unanimous consent prior to Wednesday’s vote. Anderson won’t take office until the president signs his commission and he’s sworn in, which is expected in the coming days.
Anderson, a partner at Sidley Austin, was nominated for the position in September. He previously served as the second-in-command of the San Francisco U.S. Attorney’s office under Joseph Russoniello. According to financial records disclosed as part of the nomination process, Anderson reported earning more than $4 million in partner distributions.
In private practice at Sidley since late 2010, Anderson has led the firm’s representation of Wells Fargo & Co. in navigating its sham accounts scandal. Anderson also defended AT&T Mobility from FCC claims that the company throttled service speed for unlimited data customers who passed certain usage thresholds. His disclosures also indicated he represented a confidential client who is subject to a nonpublic government investigation.
Among the seven other U.S. Attorneys confirmed Wednesday was Robert Brewer Jr., the president’s nominee to run the Southern District of California office. Brewer served stints at McKenna Long & Aldridge and Jones Day before serving as of counsel at Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek at the time of his nomination.