Deputy Attorney General James Cole is promoting two lawyers from within his office at the U.S. Justice Department to be among his senior advisers.
Word of the promotions comes a month after Cole won Senate confirmation to serve on a permanent basis as deputy attorney general, DOJ’s No. 2 position. The two lawyers fill positions that traditionally have enormous influence over criminal prosecutions and national security investigations.
Stuart Goldberg, who has been Cole’s chief of staff since last year, will be the principal associate deputy attorney general — the position often referred to by the nickname pronounced “PAY-dag.” From 2005 to 2010, he was the first assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, supervising more than 85 other prosecutors. Among the cases he worked on was a 2008 inquiry into whether DOJ lawyers took concert tickets, meals and other gifts from disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff.
Goldberg started with Justice in 1988 as a trial attorney in the Public Integrity Section (where Cole was deputy chief from 1989 to 1992). Goldberg rose to be principal deputy chief of the section.
In his new job, Goldberg succeeds Lisa Monaco, who won Senate confirmation last month to be assistant attorney general for national security. (White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler served in the job early in the Obama administration.)
Succeeding Goldberg as Cole’s chief of staff will be David O’Neil, who has worked for Cole since last year as an associate deputy attorney general. He previously spent three years as an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general. Before the Supreme Court, he argued as amicus supporting the state of Florida in a case about Miranda warnings and as amicus in a highly publicized case about the strip search of a 13-year-old girl.
O’Neil is a former prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and a former associate at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr. He also clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
“Stuart and David have shown remarkable leadership during their time at the department, and I am grateful they are continuing their service in these two critical positions,” Cole said in a statement.