By Miriam Raftery
June 21, 2018 (San Diego) – President Donald Trump has nominated Robert “Bob” Brewer to serve as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of California. Brewer is a former assistant U.S. attorney and deputy district attorney who once ran for San Diego district attorney, but was defeated by incumbent Bonnie Dumanis.
Brewer has prosecuted cases including espionage, bank robberies, smuggling, narcotics, murder for hire and civil rights violations.
He has spent most of his career, however, as a defense attorney representing clients such as Sempra Energy at a time when Sempra was facing bribery allegations in Mexico. In 2011, he was named San Diego’s criminal defense white collar lawyer of the year by Best Lawyers. He’s also been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America.
A graduate of the University of California School of Law, After entering private practice, he specialized in white collar defense and founded the San Diego law firm of Chapin & Brewer, later becoming managing partner of McKenna and a partner at the international San Diego-based law firm Jones Day and Cuneo before joining Seltzer Caplan McMahon Vitek.
Also an Army veteran, he served in Vietnam and earned a medal of valor, among other honors, according to his bio.