MINNEAPOLIS – Andrew M. Luger has taken the oath of office to become the United States Attorney for the District of Minnesota. U.S. Attorney Luger was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. on November 12, 2021, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 23, 2022. He took the oath of office from Chief U.S. District Judge John R. Tunheim this afternoon. He succeeds Erica H. MacDonald, who served as the United States Attorney from 2018 – 2021.
“I am honored to lead this office and once again serve the people of Minnesota as their United States Attorney,” said U.S. Attorney Luger. “I look forward to working with these talented public servants who are committed to public safety and the pursuit of justice.”
As United States Attorney, Mr. Luger is the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in the District of Minnesota. He will oversee a staff of 115 employees, including 59 attorneys and 56 support personnel. The office is responsible for prosecuting federal crimes in the district, including crimes related to terrorism, firearms, narcotics, child exploitation, human trafficking, financial fraud, healthcare fraud, and public corruption. The office is also responsible for representing the United States in affirmative and defensive civil cases, as well as assisting communities throughout Minnesota in appropriate community-building efforts designed to enhance public safety.
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appointed Mr. Luger to serve on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC), which is tasked with advising the Attorney General on matters of policy, procedure, and management impacting the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys and elevates the voices of U.S. Attorneys in Department policies.
Prior to returning to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Mr. Luger was a partner in the Minneapolis office of Jones Day from 2017 – 2022. As a member of the firm’s Investigations and White Collar Defense Practice, he represented local and international companies and was a leader of the firm’s national hate crimes and extremism initiative. Mr. Luger was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve as Minnesota’s United States Attorney from 2014 – 2017.
In 1995, Mr. Luger joined the law firm of Greene Espel in Minneapolis, where he was a partner until 2014. Mr. Luger has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York (1989 – 1992) and for the District of Minnesota (1992 – 1995), where he prosecuted a wide variety of narcotics and violent crimes, as well as complex white collar frauds.
He graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center (1985), and earned his bachelor’s degree from Amherst College, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1981).
Upon taking office, U.S. Attorney Luger thanked Mr. Kovats, who most recently served as Acting U.S. Attorney, for his continued and dedicated service to the office and to the Department of Justice.