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Deirdre M. Daly: Connecticut's First Female U.S. Attorney

The Fairfield resident was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate.

Deirdre M. Daly. Credit: Contributed Photo
Deirdre M. Daly. Credit: Contributed Photo
A press release issued May 28 by the U.S Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut:

Deirdre M. Daly, 54, of Fairfield, was sworn in today as the United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut by the Honorable Janet C. Hall, Chief Judge for the District, in New Haven. 

President Barack Obama nominated Ms. Daly to serve as U.S. Attorney on March 13, 2014, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on May 21, 2014.

This marks the first time a woman has been nominated by a President and confirmed by the Senate to be the U.S. Attorney for Connecticut.         

“I am grateful to those who supported my nomination and deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve in this position,” Ms. Daly said. “I very much look forward to continuing to work with the dedicated and talented people in our Office as well as our many law enforcement partners throughout the State.”

Ms. Daly served as the United States Attorney in an acting or interim capacity since May 14, 2013, following the resignation of her predecessor, David B. Fein.  Between July 2010 and May 2013, she was the First Assistant U.S. Attorney, during which time she assisted in the oversight of both the Criminal and Civil Divisions.

In March 2013, Ms. Daly led the prosecution of Hector Natal, who was convicted after trial of setting fire to a house in New Haven that resulted in the death of two women and a young boy.

From 1985 to 1997, Ms. Daly was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, where she prosecuted a wide range of cases from racketeering and murder to corruption and fraud, and later served as the Assistant-In-Charge of White Plains Office for three years.

After leaving the Department of Justice, Ms. Daly was a partner at Daly & Pavlis LLC, a Connecticut law firm with a practice focused on corporate and commercial litigation, white-collar criminal investigations, SEC enforcement actions and corporate internal investigations and monitoring.

A graduate of Dartmouth College and Georgetown University Law Center, earlier in her career, Ms. Daly served as a law clerk for the Honorable Lloyd F. MacMahon, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office is charged with enforcing federal criminal laws in Connecticut, and with representing the federal government in civil litigation in the District. As U.S. Attorney, Ms. Daly supervises a staff of approximately 64 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 60 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.

Ms. Daly is the 51st United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut, an office that was established in 1789.

Fred May 29, 2014 at 03:26 PM
The title of this article is not correct. Lest we not forget the service by Nora Dannehy, she was the first US Attorney for Connecticut
David Gurliacci May 29, 2014 at 09:34 PM
Dannehy was the acting U.S. attorney, so she had all the duties but was never appointed or confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Looks like she had a pretty illustrious career, though: http://www.courant.com/news/opinion/hc-op-rennie-nora-dannehy-brought-down-crooked-con-20130913,0,1537982.column
mark May 30, 2014 at 03:57 PM
Great job Dierdre. Good to see a native Fairfielder do well.
txrelichunter57-ledyard June 03, 2014 at 07:52 AM
Nominated by Obama? Nuf said.
OpportunistWatch June 27, 2014 at 06:03 PM
This is definitely not an attorney I would trust to be impartial. Fein was no better and was a hero to his buddies like Joe Vote for the war LIEberman and Rosa Delauro GREENBURG who is now multi-millionaire from funneling campaign donations into her personal accounts. Where were these US attorneys when the Greenbergs were doing this? Sets a bad example for the future of our children. Daly's record of ignoring certain crimes of wealthy politicians goes without saying as she took recognition for an arson case to gain this position. Come on please! Sad state of affairs Connecticut is in today with this appointment. We could have done way better and should have after Fein but is seems we have gone in reverse. Wonder how many undocumented aliens she will allow to take our jobs in Connecticut.

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