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Richard B. Myrus Named Acting United States Attorney

RICHARD B. MYRUS NAMED ACTING UNITED STATES ATTORNEY

PROVIDENCE, RI – Pursuant to the Vacancies Reform Act (VRA), First Assistant United States Attorney Richard B. Myrus has been named Acting United States Attorney for the District of Rhode Island, effective today. In his capacity as Acting United States Attorney, Mr. Myrus serves as the chief Federal law enforcement officer for the District of Rhode Island.

Appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in May 2007, Mr. Myrus served as a civil litigator in the Office’s Civil Division and then as a prosecutor in the Criminal Division. Mr. Myrus was named Civil Division Chief in February 2014 and First Assistant United States Attorney in January 2018.

Prior to his appointment as an Assistant United States Attorney, Mr. Myrus specialized in patent infringement litigation and earlier served as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

A 1984 graduate of Columbia University, Mr. Myrus received a Master’s degree in 1992 from the University of California, San Diego, and earned his law degree from Fordham University School of Law in 1995.

A veteran, Mr. Myrus served for six years as an officer and helicopter pilot in the United States Navy.

Mr. Myrus succeeds United States Attorney Stephen G. Dambruch who stepped down today, having been appointed Criminal Division Chief of the Rhode Island Department of the Attorney General.

United States District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith appointed Mr. Dambruch United States Attorney on May 4, 2108, pursuant to the VRA. Mr. Dambruch was appointed Interim United States Attorney by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on January 5, 2018, and served as Acting United States Attorney from March 13, 2017, to January 5, 2018, pursuant to the VRA.

Mr. Dambruch, who was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney in January 2004, previously served as a state prosecutor with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General for more than sixteen years.

Mr. Myrus announced that the leadership team in the United States Attorney’s Office will remain the same.

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