“I’m honored to be leading the U.S. Attorney’s Office as it pursues justice in every matter at the highest level of excellence,” said U.S. Attorney Kenneth L. Parker at the investiture ceremony for him as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio held June 13 at the Potter Stewart Courthouse in Cincinnati. “We remain vigilant in our commitment to protecting the American people, serving victims and connecting with the community.”
U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke at the investiture ceremony, saying, “Ken is a lifelong public servant who dedicated his entire legal career to Southern Ohio. He embodies the values of the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Southern District, which is why the choice to nominate him was so clear. He is focused on the work before him, but never loses sight of the larger goal to deliver equal justice for all under the law.”
Parker is a lifelong resident of the Cincinnati area and a 22-year veteran of the U.S. Attorney’s office of the Southern District of Ohio. President Biden nominated Parker to serve on the bench in the Southern District of Ohio after Senators Brown and Rob Portman (R-OH) recommended him through a bipartisan judicial commission. He was confirmed by the full senate in November 2021.
Brown highlighted in his comments that U.S. Attorneys need investigators, law enforcement personnel, support staff and line attorneys to succeed in their mission of serving the American people, delivering equal justice and recognizing no one is above the law.
Parker took over for Vipal Patel, who served as acting U.S. Attorney following David DeVillers resignation in March 2021.
Parker served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio since 1999. He served as Chief of the Criminal Division from 2011 to 2019 and as Chief of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force from 2010 to 2011. From 2003 to 2005, He served as an Adjunct Professor of federal criminal practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.
Parker served as a law clerk for Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio from 1997 to 1999. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in 1997 and his B.S., magna cum laude, from Tuskegee University in 1994.
The Southern District of Ohio serves over 5 million Ohioans; consists of the 48 southern counties in Ohio; and has offices in Cincinnati, Columbus, and Dayton.