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B. Todd Jones ('83) Confirmed for U.S. Attorney, District of MN

AUGUST 10, 2009—The Senate has confirmed alumnus B. Todd Jones ('83) as U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota. He was nominated by President Barack Obama on June 4, 2009, and will replace acting U.S. Attorney Frank Magill, who was appointed in January 2008 to fill the position after Rachel Paulose resigned.

Jones has already served in this capacity, from 1998 when he was recommended by then-Senator Paul Wellstone, until the end of January 2001. He was the first black U.S. Attorney in Minnesota history.

Since leaving the U.S. Attorney's office in 2001, Jones has worked with the law firm of Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi, where he is a partner.

After completing his undergraduate work at Macalester College, Jones obtained his J.D. at the U. of Minnesota Law School, and then served on active duty in the U.S. Marine Corps until 1989. In 1991, he was recalled as a Marine Corps Reservist for Operation Desert Storm. He commanded a Military Policy Company in 1993-95 and was honorably discharged in 1998. Jones was a senior associate attorney at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly from 1989-92 and a managing partner at Greene Espel from l994-97.

With his confirmation as U.S. Attorney of Minnesota, Jones joins a distinguished group of Law School alumni who have served in the office: Including Tom Heffelfinger ('76), Judge James M. Rosenbaum ('69), Thomas K. Berg ('65), Andrew W. Danielson ('61), Thorwald H. Anderson Jr. ('64), Hartley Nordin ('48), and Miles Lord ('48).

Portrait of B. Todd Jones

B. Todd Jones ('83),
U.S. Attorney, District of Minnesota