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Monday, November 5, 2007


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Ex-Assistant U.S. Attorney To Join Orange County Law Firm


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Wayne Gross, the former chief of the Southern Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, will join the law firm of Snell & Wilmer L.L.P starting in December.

The firm announced Friday that Gross will become a partner in its commercial litigation practice group, assuming a leadership role in trial work from the firm’s Orange County office. 

 “Wayne’s outstanding performance at the U.S. Attorney’s Office is highly respected and he is recognized as one of the best trial lawyers in the Justice Department,” said William O’Hare, administrative partner for the Orange County office of Snell & Wilmer.

As the top federal prosecutor in Orange County, Gross supervised and trained approximately 24 trial attorneys, and prosecuted a wide variety of complex cases, including corporate fraud, bank fraud, health care fraud, and intellectual property crimes.

He also worked as a civil litigator in the office’s Affirmative Civil Enforcement Section, a specialized unit of the Civil Division, and earned two awards from the attorney feneral during his 17-year tenure at the Department of Justice.

Gross said that the left the U.S. Attorney’s Office in order to take on new challenges, and that he was delighted to be joining Snell & Wilmer, which he called “one of the finest law firms in the western United States.”

He graduated magna cum laude from Hastings College of the Law in 1998, and later served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Laughlin E. Waters, now deceased, for the Central District of California. 

In addition to his work at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Gross is an adjunct professor at Chapman University School of Law, and has lectured at several different law schools in Southern California on the topics of white collar fraud and trial advocacy. 


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