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David Freed has been district attorney in Cumberland County for 12 years.

Michael Bupp, The Sentinel

Cumberland County District Attorney David Freed has been nominated to serve as U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

His nomination by President Donald Trump was among those announced by the White House on Friday. Also, Scott W. Brady was nominated for U.S. attorney for the Western District.

“I am honored to be nominated to lead the hard working career prosecutors and civil attorneys in the Middle District,” Freed said.

Freed is serving his 12th year as the district attorney. He previously served five years as first assistant district attorney in Cumberland County prosecuting homicides, violent felonies, arson and drug felonies, and was a deputy prosecutor in York County. He also has been in private law practice focusing on civil litigation.

Freed is the former president of the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association and has been a member of its executive committee since 2007. He received his B.A., cum laude, from Washington and Lee University and his J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law.

U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., and U.S. Sen. Bob Casey praised both appointments.

“I am pleased that President Trump intends to nominate Scott Brady and David Freed to be U.S. attorneys for the Western and Middle Districts of Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a statement. “Both Mr. Brady and District Attorney Freed are seasoned prosecutors who possess a wealth of legal experience from their work in the public and private sectors. I am confident that they will serve with honor and an unwavering respect for the rule of law. I look forward to the Senate confirming them swiftly.”

“U.S. Attorneys play a vital role in keeping communities safe, upholding the rule of law and ensuring the fair administration of justice,” Casey said. “These nominees are experienced and distinguished attorneys in their field who are well regarded by their colleagues. Mr. Brady and District Attorney Freed have prosecutorial experience and have served Pennsylvania and our nation with distinction.”

Brady is the head of litigation for Federated Investors Inc. He previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney in Pittsburgh from 2004 to 2010, where he prosecuted white collar crime, violent crime and drug trafficking offenses. Brady also served as an associate at Jones Day and at Reed Smith LLP, where his practice focused on multidistrict litigation, white collar criminal matters and internal investigations.

He clerked for Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Brady serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Prior to law school, Mr. Brady worked in emergency relief and development in Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia. He graduated from Harvard University and the Pennsylvania State University School of Law.


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