US Senate confirms top prosecutor for Pa.'s Eastern District

Bill McSwain is a partner at Philadelphia law firm

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The United States Senate has confirmed a partner at a law firm in Philadelphia to serve as the region's top prosecutor.

William M. "Bill" McSwain will serve as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, which comprises Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia counties, with federal courthouses in Allentown, Easton, Philadelphia and Reading.

Pennsylvania's two U.S. senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, supported President Trump's nomination of McSwain.

"Bill McSwain will make an outstanding U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania," Toomey said. "In addition to his vast experience in both the private and public sectors, Mr. McSwain is committed to the rule of law and dedicated to ensuring everyone is treated fairly under it."

"I am pleased that this important post has been filled," Casey said. "Mr. McSwain has extensive legal and prosecutorial experience and I believe he will work to uphold the rule of law and ensure the fair administration of justice."

McSwain is a partner at Drinker, Biddle & Reath LLP in Philadelphia.

Prior to that, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and clerked for Judge Marjorie Rendell on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

He is a graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, and served as a U.S. Marine Corps infantry officer.

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