The White House plans to announce the nomination of Ronald Machen as U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia later today, according to a government source with knowledge of the situation.
Machen is a partner in the Washington office of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, where he specializes in white-collar defense, and has handled major government and internal investigations for companies such as Boeing. A graduate of Harvard Law, he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. between 1997 and 2001, handling a variety of cases including homicides. At the time he was hired, that office was headed by the current attorney general, Eric Holder Jr.
The Washington Post reported the pending nomination earlier today.
In 2008, The National Law Journal named Machen, who is African-American, one of the 50 most influential minority lawyers in America.