Irvin B. Nathan


Attorney General for the District of Columbia, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., Johns Hopkins; J.D., Columbia

B.A. Johns Hopkins University; J.D. magna cum laude, Columbia Law School. Professor Nathan is the Attorney...

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B.A. Johns Hopkins University; J.D. magna cum laude, Columbia Law School. Professor Nathan is the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. As the chief legal officer of the nation's capital, he supervises all civil litigation and appeals on behalf of the city; criminal prosecutions of juveniles and adult misdemeanants; advises Mayor and cabinet on legal issues; supervises contract, tax and real estate issues; and supervises general counsel of each of the subordinate agencies, including departments of police, fire, and education.

Prior to his appointment as Attorney General in January 2011, he was the General Counsel of the United States House of Representatives, where he served from November 2007 until January 2, 2011. For more than 30 years, he practiced with the Washington, DC law firm of Arnold and Porter, where he was a senior litigating partner and head of the firm's white-collar criminal defense practice. In addition to handling complex civil litigation, his practice consisted principally of representing organizations and individuals against allegations of misconduct under investigation by federal agencies both in court and before investigative and legislative committees of Congress. He has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General (1979-81) and Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General (1993-4) in the United States Department of Justice. He has also served as the Vice Chair of the Board of Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia, and Chair of the D.C. Bar's Ethics Committee. He has published numerous articles in his fields of practice.