A year after Fitzgerald's resignation, Obama nominates Latham litigator for Illinois US attorney

Zachary Fardon, a Latham & Watkins partner who chairs its Chicago litigation department, was nominated Thursday to serve as the Northern District of Illinois U.S. attorney.

Previously a federal prosecutor who worked on the corruption trial of former Illinois governor George Ryan, Reuters and the Associated Press report, Fardon worked out of the Illinois and Tennessee U.S. attorneys’ offices. He’s a 1992 graduate of Vanderbilt University Law School.

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Fardon must be confirmed by the full U.S. Senate. If confirmed, Fardon will replace Patrick Fitzgerald, who stepped down in June 2012. Since then, Gary Shapiro has served as the Northern District’s acting U.S. attorney.

According to CBS Chicago, Fardon was one four candidates, all of whom were former federal prosecutors, that Illinois U.S. senators Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk sent the president for consideration.

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