Raj Parekh, an Indian-American career federal attorney and first US assistant attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has now been named the new Acting US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia.
This makes Parekh the first Indian American and a minority in the office’s 232-year history to hold this position.
As the acting US attorney, Parekh oversees the prosecution of all federal crimes and litigation in all civil matters in which the United States is interested. He heads approximately 300 prosecutors, civil litigators and support staff in four departments in Alexandria, Richmond, Norfolk and Newport News. The district serves over six million residents.
According to his biography, Parekh has investigated and prosecuted cases involving national security and international crimes, violent crimes, narcotics, cybercrime, healthcare fraud, and other economic crimes. He is also a member of the EDVA Diversity Committee as a coordinator for special focuses in the Asian-American / Pacific islanders.
Prior to that, Parekh served as assistant general counsel with the Central Intelligence Agency, assistant attorney in the US District Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and as litigator in the US Department of Justice’s national security division. In addition to his service with the federal government, he worked as a senior lawyer and compliance officer at IBM and as a litigation attorney at the law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP.
He has received numerous awards for his work in the public service. He received the Director’s Award from the Executive Office for US Attorneys for “superior performance” in the US against Mohamad Jamal Khweis (EDVA), which in 2017 led to the conviction of the first person to stand before a jury after a trial in the US and who closed the terrorist organization known as Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) on ISIS territory, adds his biography.
Parekh also received the Anti-Defamation League’s SHIELD Award for his contributions to fighting extremism and terrorism in IT.
Parekh received his BA in Economics and International Affairs magna cum laude from George Washington University and his JD cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.