Name: Alejandro Mayorkas


Alejandro Mayorkas is the former U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California and is currently a partner in the Los Angeles office of O'Melveny & Myers LLP. Mr. Mayorkas specializes in complex civil litigation and internal corporate investigations.

In 1998 President William Jefferson Clinton nominated Mr. Mayorkas to be the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California, the largest federal judicial district in the nation. Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Mr. Mayorkas to the position in December 1998 and the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Mayorkas' nomination in August 1999.

At the age of 39 Mr. Mayorkas was the youngest U.S. Attorney in the nation. He supervised more than 240 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and oversaw the investigation and prosecution of cases involving complex securities and financial institution fraud, international money laundering, civil rights violations, high-tech and computer-related crime, defense procurement fraud, corrupt public officials, environmental crime, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, and racketeering. Mr. Mayorkas was the chief federal law enforcement official in a District spanning approximately 180 cities with an aggregate population of 18 million people.

Since joining O'Melveny, and previously during his tenure as the U.S. Attorney, Mr. Mayorkas has received numerous honors and widespread recognition for his achievements in the legal and law enforcement professions, including the following:
  • Named a Southern California "Super Lawyer" in the field of complex commercial litigation for 2004 in a survey conducted by Law & Politics Media Inc. and published in Los Angeles magazine and the Southern California edition of Super Lawyers;

  • The U.S. Postal Inspection Service awarded Mr. Mayorkas the U.S. Postal Inspector's Award, the highest award given by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, for Mr. Mayorkas' leadership in the successful prosecution of Buford O. Furrow, Jr., the individual who murdered a postal service worker during a racially motivated crime spree;

  • Loyola Law School selected Mr. Mayorkas in 2001 as its Distinguished Alumnus of the Year;

  • The Los Angeles Daily Journal identified Mr. Mayorkas in 1999 and 2000 as one of the 100 most influential attorneys in the State of California;

  • The Attorney General of the United States appointed Mr. Mayorkas in 1999-2000 as the Vice Chair of the Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittee on Civil Rights and a Member of the Attorney General's Advisory Subcommittees on White Collar Crime, Public Corruption, and Ethics in Government.
Mr. Mayorkas has extensive jury trial experience, having been before a jury in more than thirty cases. He was the first U.S. Attorney in the Central District of California to be appointed to the position from within the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prior to his appointment, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney who served as a trial lawyer in complex federal criminal and civil matters. Mr. Mayorkas received commendations from Louis J. Freeh, Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and others for his successful trial work, including obtaining guilty verdicts against Hollywood madam Heidi Fleiss for tax offenses and money laundering and in Operation Polarcap, then the largest international money laundering case in the nation.

Mr. Mayorkas has been an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Loyola Law School and a frequent lecturer throughout the country on trial advocacy, substantive areas of civil and criminal law, and internal investigations. He is also active in community and professional organizations. The Governor of the State of California appointed Mr. Mayorkas as a member of the California Council on Criminal Justice and the California Commission on the Fair Administration of Justice. Mr. Mayorkas is a Director of the Federal Bar Association's Los Angeles Chapter and has served as a member of several committees of the American Bar Association. He serves on the Audit Committee and the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Board of Trustees of Drew University, and the Board of Directors of Bet Tzedek Legal Services.


Loyola University, J.D., 1985
University of California, Berkeley, B.A., History, 1981