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Orelia E. Merchant

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Executive Assistant United States Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of New York
Brooklyn, NY, USA


Orelia E. Merchant (personal capacity) currently serves as an Executive Assistant United States Attorney (“EAUSA”) in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York (the “Office”), with direct oversight over the Office’s Civil and Administrative Divisions.  As a member of the Office’s Executive Division, she provides counsel with regard to a variety of significant cases and matters handled by the Office and non-litigation matters impacting the Office’s operation. 

Ms. Merchant joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York in February 2002.  From 2002 to 2016, Ms. Merchant served as an AUSA in the Civil Division managing a diverse, demanding, and complex caseload, handling cases in virtually every civil practice area.  She has prosecuted asset forfeiture, environmental, health care fraud, and mortgage fraud cases, and defended employment discrimination, medical malpractice, bankruptcy, immigration, personal injury, prisoner litigation, constitutional challenges, and federal program litigation cases.  She received an Executive Office for United States Attorneys’ Directors Award for Superior Performance as an AUSA – Civil.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, Orelia served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Louisiana in the Civil and Criminal Divisions, prosecuting general crimes, violent and drug crimes, criminal environmental cases, and defense of the government in tort and employment discrimination actions.  She also served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the United States Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, in Chicago, Illinois.

Ms. Merchant is a graduate of Tulane University Law School.  She received a Bachelor of Science degree in physics and mathematics from Dillard University and a Master’s degree in marine science from the College of William and Mary.

Orelia E. Merchant is associated with the following items:
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Ethics for Government Lawyers 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018, New York, NY
Pro Bono  Pro Bono Ethics for Government Lawyers 2018, Thursday, March 01, 2018, New York, NY
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Ethics for Government Lawyers 2018, Thursday, March 08, 2018, New York, NY
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