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Hon. Margo K. Brodie

United States District Court, Eastern District of New York
United States District Judge
Brooklyn, NY, USA


The Honorable Margo K. Brodie graduated from high school in Antigua at the age of 16, and attended St. Francis College where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science and a minor in History.  She then attended the University of Pennsylvania Law School where she obtained her Juris Doctor degree.

Judge Brodie was nominated by President Obama on June 7, 2011, confirmed by the United States Senate on February 27, 2012, and appointed by the President as a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of New York on February 29, 2012.   

Immediately prior to her appointment as a district court judge, Judge Brodie served as a federal prosecutor in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York (“U.S. Attorney’s Office”) for over 12 years (12 years, 8 months).  She held various positions in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  She was Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division where she supervised approximately 110 Assistant United States Attorneys in investigations and prosecutions of securities fraud, public corruption, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, civil rights, violent crime and terrorism cases.  Prior to that, she served as Counselor to the Criminal Division spearheading policy issues in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  She was also Chief and Deputy Chief of the General Crimes Section of the United States Attorney’s Office where she trained and mentored more than half of the current Assistant United States Attorneys in the U.S. Attorney’s Office.  She directed investigations and prosecutions in several areas of criminal prosecution, including public corruption, fraud, murder, racketeering, narcotics trafficking, money laundering and human trafficking. 

In 2005 -2006, Judge Brodie served 10 months as a Legal Advisor on behalf of the United States Department of Justice to several Nigerian prosecution agencies to assist them in the areas of public corruption, economic and financial fraud and human trafficking.  From 2008 through 2012, Judge Brodie provided training to prosecutors and other law enforcement officials in various countries in Africa, the Middle East, the Caribbean and Eastern Europe, including Tanzania, Lesotho, Swaziland, Jordan, Sierra Leone, Trinidad, the Bahamas and Bosnia and Herzegovina on numerous topics including human trafficking and public corruption.  Judge Brodie is a Professor of Legal Writing at Brooklyn Law School where she has been teaching first year law students since 2009. 

  Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Judge Brodie was a litigation associate in private practice at the firm of Carter, Ledyard & Milburn for five years and an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York for three years.  As an Assistant Corporation Counsel she defended City agencies and officials in state and federal court litigation challenging the exercise of discretionary power in the management of municipal affairs for three years. 

Judge Brodie is actively involved in many bar associations.  She is a former President of the Association of Black Women Attorneys in New York and is a member of the City Bar of New York and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. 

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