SALT LAKE CITY- On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, Trina A. Higgins was sworn in as United States Attorney for the District of Utah by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby. President Biden nominated Higgins on January 31, 2022, and she was confirmed by the United States Senate on April 27, 2022.
As United States Attorney, Higgins will serve as the top-ranking federal law enforcement official in Utah. She is the first woman to be presidentially appointed to the position. Higgins leads all federal criminal prosecutions and civil litigation within the District of Utah.
“It is both my honor and privilege to serve as the United States Attorney for the District of Utah. I look forward to working with the dedicated public servants in the U.S. Attorney’s Office. And I am eager to work collaboratively with our federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement and community partners in pursuit of justice and equity.”
Since 2002, Higgins has served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Utah, holding several leadership positions, including Senior Litigation Counsel and Violent Crime Section Chief. She recently returned to Utah from a detail as the Mediterranean Legal Advisor for the Department of Justice Office of Overseas Prosecution Development and Training at the U.S. Embassy in Valletta, Malta. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Higgins served as a Salt Lake County Deputy District Attorney.
Higgins served as an Adjunct Professor at the S.J. Quinney College of Law for ten years. She is a past President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and a current Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers, where she has served as the state Vice Chair and Diversity Coordinator. Higgins earned a B.A. from Weber State University and a J.D. from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law.
A formal investiture ceremony will be scheduled at a future date.