President Barack Obama today nominated Steven Dettelbach, a partner in the Washington and Cleveland offices of Baker Hostetler, to be the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Ohio.
Dettelbach, who joined Baker Hostetler in 2006 and focuses on white collar criminal defense and corporate investigations, is a former assistant U.S. attorney who participated on the Organized Crime and Corruption Strike Force in the Northern District of Ohio. The U.S. Attorney's Office is based in Cleveland.
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) recommended Dettelbach. “Steve Dettelbach has demonstrated professional achievements and an outstanding commitment to the northern Ohio community,” Brown said in a statement.
Baker Hostetler’s executive partner, Steven Kestner, called Dettelbach’s nomination well-deserved. “His wide-ranging legal background, leadership experience and integrity will serve him—and the public—well in his new role,” Kestner said in a statement.
Dettelbach, who serves as a commissioner on the Ohio Ethics Commission, said in an interview he is honored by the Obama's nomination. "You never expect something great like this to happen," said Dettelbach, a native of Cleveland who notes his "eternal optimism" in pulling for the Cleveland Indians.