President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for New Mexico and Washington State

Mike Ormsby/law firm photo
Mike Ormsby/law firm photo
By Allan Lengel

The slow, laborious process of filling the U.S. Attorney posts around the country continued on Wednesday when President Obama nominated attorneys to fill the spots in New Mexico and the Eastern District of Washington state.

The nominees include assistant U.S. Attorney Kenneth J. Gonzales for the New Mexico post and private attorney Michael C. Ormsby to serve as United States Attorneys.

The bios of the two are as follows, according to the White House press release:

Kenneth J. Gonzales currently works as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Mexico, where he has been since 1999. He also serves in the United States Army Reserve in the Office of the Judge Advocate General. He recently returned from active duty at Fort Bragg, where he served as Senior Trial Counsel. He also spends one weekend a month working as a Judge Advocate Legal Assistance Attorney, working with Army personnel on estate planning and other legal matters. Previously, Gonzales worked as a Legislative Assistant in the Office of United States Senator Jeff Bingaman. Gonzales began his legal career serving as a Law Clerk for the Honorable Joseph F. Baca of the Supreme Court of New Mexico from 1994 until 1996. Gonzales is a 1988 graduate of the University of New Mexico and a 1991 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Michael C. Ormsby has been a partner at K&L Gates, LLP since 1988. He advises public entities and governmental institutions on municipal finance and other legal matters. He has also served on the Spokane Public School Board and the Eastern Washington University Board of Trustees. He started his legal career as an associate attorney at Lukins & Annis P.S., where he worked from 1981 to 1988. Ormsby graduated from Gonzaga University in 1979 and the Gonzaga University School of Law in 1981.

One thought on “President Obama Nominates U.S. Attys for New Mexico and Washington State

  1. Readers here may wish to read the comment thread at the Spokesman-Review re Ormsby. In my opinion he was one of the principals in the RPS bond frauds that will ultimately cost the citizens/taxpayers of Spokane $87 million dollars. He is more complicit in these bond frauds than his former partner at P & G, Jim McDevitt the sitting US Atty for the Eastern District of WA.

    Det. Ron Wright (Retired)

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