President Joe Biden on Wednesday nominated four new U.S. attorneys, selecting a Greenberg Traurig partner for the role in New Jersey and the first Asian American and Black lawyers to lead prosecutions in two districts in Pennsylvania and Illinois.
Biden has in total nominated 29 people to run some of the 93 U.S. attorneys’ offices nationally. The White House said confirming the nominees was important to its efforts to combat gun violence and other violent crime.
The latest nominees include Philip Sellinger, a former federal prosecutor who serves as the co-managing partner of Greenberg Traurig’s New Jersey office and would become the top federal prosecutor in the Garden State, as well as three current assistant U.S. attorneys who would be elevated to the top jobs in Arizona, the Western District of Pennsylvania and the Central District of Illinois.
“I am honored to receive the nomination,” Sellinger said.
New Jersey Attorney Phil Sellinger occupies the pole position for the job of U.S. Attorney now that Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez is no longer under consideration by the Biden Administration, according to sources close to the process.
A former Assistant U.S. Attorney and New Jersey federal clerk, Philip has more than 30 years of trial experience and has led litigation teams in a wide variety of class actions and other complex cases in state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, including the New Jersey Supreme Court, around the country. He has served as Chair of the Lawyers Advisory Committee to the New Jersey federal judiciary and as a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court Civil Practice Rules Committee. He served as the founding chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Class Action Committee. He has represented the American Corporate Counsel Association and the New Jersey Corporate Counsel Association in litigation challenging the right of in-house counsel to appear in court.
If confirmed, Sellinger would supplant Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey Rachael A. Honig.