A current Associate Attorney General and former Assistant U.S. Attorney, Avery is the first Black woman to lead the office in Connecticut
[WASHINGTON, DC] – Today, U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) applauded the Senate’s approval of Vanessa Avery’s nomination to serve as United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut.
“Vanessa Avery is a proven prosecutor, a thoughtful leader and a champion for Connecticut’s people. She’s fair and tough and will follow the facts and law to deter and punish wrongdoers. Vanessa is a dedicated and diligent public servant with broad experiences across the legal profession that will no doubt inform and inspire her work as U.S. Attorney,” said Blumenthal. “Connecticut is lucky to have her leadership and I am proud to have recommended her nomination to the White House with Senator Murphy.”
“I am thrilled the Senate voted today to confirm Vanessa Avery as U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut. Our state is fortunate that we will be able to benefit from her extensive legal experience, commitment to fairness and equity in criminal justice, and devotion to the rule the law. I know she will serve us well as U.S. Attorney,” said Murphy.
Vanessa Avery has served as the Associate Attorney General for Enforcement, Litigation and Investigations at the Connecticut Attorney General's Office since 2019. In this role, she has managed multi-district litigation and investigations involving the opioid epidemic, the Affordable Care Act, federal immigration laws, environmental regulation, and cases pending locally in state and federal courts and before administrative agencies.
Prior to that, Avery was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Connecticut. Avery has also served as a Trial Attorney for the Department of Justice Civil Division in Washington, D.C., a pro bono advocate for children, adults, and non-profit entities, and is a past President and current Advisory Board member of the George W. Crawford Black Bar Association.
A native of the Newhallville neighborhood of New Haven, Avery attended Yale University for her undergraduate degree and earned her law degree at the Georgetown University Law Center.