Loretta Lynch

by Edward Cates
Loretta Lynch
Litigation Partner
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Loretta Lynch is a litigation partner at the law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Lynch previously served as the first African American woman to serve as U.S. Attorney General (2015-2017), where she made law enforcement and community relations a Department of Justice priority, investigating several city police departments following a series of high-profile allegations of police brutality. She also spearheaded the fight against domestic terrorism; worked to protect survivors of human trafficking and LGBTQ Americans; and prosecuted civil rights cases, financial, cyber and other major crimes.


Lynch also served two times as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, where she successfully prosecuted corrupt public officials, terrorists, cybercriminals and human traffickers. After beginning her career in private practice, she became a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, handling the high-profile case of Abner Louima, the Haitian immigrant assaulted by police officers in 1997, among others. She previously served as a Special Counsel to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.


Lynch was born in Greensboro, North Carolina, and received both her J.D. and B.A. from Harvard University.

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