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Saturday, March 16, 2013

Welcome Zach Fardon, New Team Member and Next U.S. Attorney of the Northern District of Illinois




Zach Fardon will be nominated by the White House as the next U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois after a recommendation by Senator Mark Kirk and Senator Dick Durbin, according to sources and reports.
From Aurora to Chicago, corruption is at an epidemic level.  Some of the political mafia had been breathing a sigh of relief when former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald announced he would be stepping down.
Unfortunately for the political mafia but fortunately for taxpayers and the public, the days are not coming back of being able to get away with corruption, taxpayer exploitation, fraud and misconduct.
As chairman of Latham and Watkins' Litigation Department in Chicago. Mr. Fardon's practice focuses on internal investigations, government investigations, white collar defense and complex business litigation.
He is a trial lawyer who has tried numerous cases, both as a federal prosecutor and a defense lawyer, including cases involving charges of financial fraud, tax crimes, money laundering, corruption, racketeering and conspiracy. He has also briefed and argued appeals before the federal circuit courts.
Mr. Fardon routinely handles high-profile and sensitive matters for his clients. He has extensive experience helping clients navigate legal investigations and litigation that also require crisis management and media expertise. Mr. Fardon has conducted numerous internal investigations for private and public companies and has defended companies and individuals in connection with Justice Department and regulatory investigations.
Prior to joining Latham, Mr. Fardon served for nearly a decade as a federal prosecutor. During his tenure with the Department of Justice, Mr. Fardon tried several high-profile cases, including the historic corruption trial against former Illinois Governor George Ryan.
Mr. Fardon also served as First Assistant US Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville, where he supervised approximately 30 Assistant US Attorneys in all federal criminal and civil matters. As a prosecutor, he received numerous awards, including multiple DOJ awards for superior performance, the Chicago Crime Commission Star of Distinction Award, the Frank J. McGarr Award for Excellence in Service to the United States and the Cook County Crime Fighters Excellence in Law Enforcement Award.
Mr. Fardon is recognized by Chambers USA 2012 as a leading white-collar and government investigations lawyer. In addition, Mr. Fardon is recognized by Benchmark Litigation 2013 as a "Star" among White Collar litigators. Mr. Fardon teaches Trial Advocacy at Northwestern Law School. He is active on multiple boards, including: Chairman of the Board, Legal Aid Society; Member of the Board, A Better Chicago; and Member of the Board, Metropolitan Family Services.
On behalf of our viewers, taxpayers and everyone who wants to save our communities, state and seeks truth, justice and the American Way, welcome to the team, Zach.

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

"OUR new team member"????? Nowhere in the bio that you cut and pasted from some other source did you mention anything that indicates he even knows that Openline exists. Yet you have the arrogance to claim him as a member of your team???? It sure sounds like he's qualified to be the next U.S. Attorney -- but since he's apparently about to be nominated by Obama, the Republicans in the Senate will fight the nomination. Wonder how long it will be until he actually takes office.

Anonymous said...

Zach was selected by Sen. Mark Kirk (Republican) and Sen. Dick Durbin (Democrat).

Anonymous said...

The fact that Kirk was involved doesn't mean a whole lot. Remember the confirmation can be stalled by ONE Senator for any reason -- even if it's not related to the topic of that candidate or position. We'll see.

Anonymous said...

I would like to see Mr. Fardon take dispositions on how junk property some how gets valued at or about a million dollars. I would also like him to take dispositions on how or why certain companies keep all the major construction and planning projects in the City of Aurora. There's nothing wrong with asking legitimate questions of public officials. Someone has to at least ask, right?

Anonymous said...

IF this guy is really nominated, and IF this guy gets confirmed by the Senate and moves into the position, do you REALLY think his #1 priority on taking office is going to be Aurora? It it's on the list at all, it'll be so far down that by the time the feds investigate and then file charges and FINALLY start taking depositions, everything will already be said and done, Weisner will have retired to Florida, and the new restaurant will have opened and closed already.

Anonymous said...

It's important that someone part of the Fitzgerald team become the new guy. There's high expectation to do just as well or better.

Anonymous said...

I don't think this is a Republican or Democrat thing. It's a corruption thing and everyone knows there's PLENTY of that in Illinois, including Aurora.

Al Kohollick said...

I think it would be fair to assume that Mr. Fardon is familiar with the Better Government Association.....such organizations help provide a directional road map to help serve the function of checks and balances.

Anonymous said...

Al, 4:07 is dead on the money that there's PLENTY of corruption to go around in Illinois, which is my point. While you and I and other Aurora residents might think OUR corruption should be at the top of the list, I think the new state's attorney will have so much to work on that I think we'll be lower priority.

The thing you're wrong on 4:07 is that ANYTHING happening in Washington, DC becomes a Republican/Democratic thing. Every member of both houses of Congress worry about their party first and foremost, and what's best for the public second (or actually even farther down the list, because of course donors will come before voters every time). Anybody of either party nominated by Obama gets ripped apart and delayed by the Senate Republicans. It has nothing to do w/ the nominee's party, beliefs, or qualifications. They were nominated by Obama (a Democrat), therefore the Senate Republicans have to cause trouble.

Anonymous said...

There is definitely enough corruption all around the region to keep everyone busy 24 hours a day. Just the other day the FBI raided the NIU police offices in DeKalb.

Anonymous said...

Usually, I would agree that there's going to be partisan nonsense on anything, but here's why I think it will be different in this case.

1. Obama can be dumb, but on this topic, he ain't that stupid. He knows that he has to be very careful on this appointment. If he looks like he's picked his guy, he will not only upset the reform folks and Republicans, but even his own buddies (Lisa Madigan, etc). He's better off just going along with whatever Durbin and Kirk come up with and then blame them if it goes wrong later.

2. Zach Fardon's career has mostly been as a federal prosecutor, so he hasn't been part of the old boy network and stayed out of the political fray. If someone can show he's been connected to this or that part of the political mafia, then he'll have trouble and he SHOULD. But, if he's been independent as it appears, then there's not a lot to object to other than particular legal issues.

3. Everyone in America, except for the idiot voters in Illinois, understands there's a corruption epidemic in Chicago and our state, so others will be looking for someone who has the guts to take on the big fish. He not only did that, but worked under Fitzgerald.

Anonymous said...

I do note that it's interesting how we all insist that the US Attorney be a serious, ethical and independent person focused on doing the right thing, but when it comes to the attorney general for the state, we tolerate an incompetent, political mafia princess who has no expertise other than being born to a leprechaun.

Anonymous said...

Zach was selected by Sen. Mark Kirk (Republican) and Sen. Dick Durbin (Democrat).

Kirk is well known for his alleged public displays of homosexual behavior in D.C. He will vote and do whatever the Democrats want him to do on important issues, ergo his input on anything is not reliable.