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DOJ names acting US attorney for West Michigan

January 24, 2017
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Andrew Byerly Birge
Andrew Byerly Birge. Courtesy U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan

An acting U.S. attorney for West Michigan has been named to replace the office’s outgoing leader.

The Department of Justice, or DOJ, announced yesterday that Andrew Byerly Birge will serve in the leadership role for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Michigan to replace Patrick Miles Jr., who resigned on President Donald Trump’s inauguration day last Friday.

Birge will serve as the region's acting U.S. attorney until President Trump nominates and the Senate confirms Miles’ successor.

Birge formerly served as the office’s first assistant, a senior rank, since 2007 under the Bush administration. He then continued in the role under U.S. attorneys Donald Davis and Miles.

Miles called Birge “extremely knowledgeable” and a person of “impeccable integrity.”

“I know I am leaving the office in good hands,” Miles said.

Birge said he takes "great pride in undertaking this opportunity.”

“This office has remarkably dedicated and talented attorneys and staff, with an outstanding record of holding wrongdoers accountable and vindicating the interests of the United States," Birge said. "I plan to continue that tradition of excellence in the pursuit of justice.”

Birge has worked in the U.S. attorney’s office for more than 16 years. Before assuming senior management responsibilities, he oversaw the office’s appellate practice and handled criminal cases.

Before joining the U.S. attorney’s office, he was an associate for several years with the law firm Jenner & Block in Chicago.

He began his legal career as a law clerk to the late Chief U.S. District Court Judge Richard Enslen in Kalamazoo.

Birge holds a law degree from the Columbia University School of Law, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, and a bachelor’s degree from Carleton College, where he graduated cum laude and with distinction as a history major.

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