Jonathan Bunge '88 May Be Finalist to Replace U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald


The search for a new United States Attorney in Chicago, one of the most highly coveted federal prosecutor jobs in the country, has been narrowed to eight candidates, according to sources close to the process.

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that the selection committee will submit its final recommendations to Illinois Sens. Dick Durbin, the Democratic majority whip, and Mark Kirk, a Republican.  Patrick Fitzgerald stepped down from the position in June after more than a decade in the post. His longtime deputy, Gary Shapiro, is the acting U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of Illinois until a successor is confirmed by the Senate.

The eight finalists consist of six private practice lawyers, a Chicago District Judge and the inspector general for the state of Illinois.

Jonathan Bunge, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP.

Bunge is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Northern District of Illinois, where he served as the deputy chief of the General Crimes Section from 1990 to 1999. While there, he worked on a number of local and state public corruption cases. He joined the Justice Department in 1988 through the honors program in the Solicitor General’s Office shortly after graduating from the University of Chicago Law School. At Kirkland & Ellis, he has focused on general and business litigation and white collar criminal defense