City Attorney Ann Davison announced today that former U.S. Attorney Brian Moran would immediately begin assisting the criminal division to help clear the backlog of more than 4,000 cases, boost hiring and advise on near term criminal priorities. Moran is one of the most distinguished prosecutors in Washington state history, having personally tried 35 homicide cases and led criminal offices at the local, state, and federal level.
“After consulting with incoming Criminal Chief, Natalie Walton-Anderson, I am welcoming Brian Moran to support the division for a short-term project over the course of the next several months,” said City Attorney Ann Davison. “I am committed to making the City Attorney’s Office one of the premier municipal law departments in the country. This project is an opportunity to work with one of the most experienced leaders in the criminal justice field to create timely justice for victims, fair outcomes for defendants, and improved public safety for our city.”
“I am honored to work with Seattle City Attorney Davison and her staff as her Administration undertakes new challenges and new opportunities,” said former U.S. Attorney Brian Moran. “I share her vision for a criminal justice system that is not only fair and just, but one that is also responsive to the needs of Seattle’s residents.”
Moran was unanimously confirmed by the Senate to his role as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Washington. During his 15 years serving in the office of the Washington State Attorney General, including as the Chief Deputy Attorney General, Brian was the top legal advisor to the Attorney General and had a significant role in the office’s legal strategy and policy initiatives, including matters related to consumer protection, data breaches, unfair competition, and public records.
While Chief Deputy Attorney General, Moran received NAAG’s Marvin Award for Excellence in Management and Leadership and the CWAG Nelson Kempsky Award for Public Service Leadership.