Adam L. Braverman
U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California
Adam L. Braverman was appointed as United States Attorney for the Southern District of California by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Nov. 16, 2017. Braverman joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2008. Since then, he has handled hundreds of cases, including immigration, narcotics, and violent crime offenses. From 2010 to 2017, Braverman worked in the Criminal Enterprise Section, where he prosecuted large-scale drug trafficking cartels operating internationally and in multiple jurisdictions throughout the United States. From 2014 until his appointment, he was a Deputy Chief of the Criminal Enterprise Section, supervising assistant U.S. attorneys prosecuting drug trafficking and money laundering organizations, as well as local gangs.
During his tenure, Braverman led one of the U.S. Department of Justice’s most successful investigations and prosecutions of the Sinaloa Cartel, which resulted in the indictments of more than 125 people, including the command and control structure of organization. This investigation resulted in the seizure of approximately 1,397 kilograms of methamphetamine, 2,214 kilograms of cocaine, 17.2 tons of marijuana, 95.84 kilograms of heroin, and $27,892,706 in narcotics proceeds. Braverman’s work on this case resulted in the successful extraditions and self-surrender of some of the most significant Sinaloa Cartel leaders.
Braverman has been the recipient of numerous awards, including a Justice Department honor for superior performance as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in 2017 and the prestigious J. Michael Bradford Award from the National Association of Former United States Attorneys in 2016 for most outstanding performance by an Assistant U.S. Attorney.
Braverman earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and criminal justice from George Washington University in 1997 and his law degree from George Washington University School of Law in 2000. He began his legal career as a law clerk, first for Washington, D.C., Superior Court Judge Ann O’Regan Keary in 2000 and then for U.S. District Judge Reggie B. Walton in the District of Columbia in 2002. In 2004, Braverman went to work in private practice at Goodwin Procter in Washington, D.C., and then became a law clerk for Judge Consuelo M. Callahan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in 2007.