MIAMI – Markenzy Lapointe was sworn in today as the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida by Chief United States District Judge Cecilia M. Altonaga.
Nominated by President Joseph Biden and confirmed by the US Senate, Lapointe currently leads an office of nearly 500 attorneys and support professionals responsible for investigating and prosecuting federal crimes in South Florida and for justice. civil affairs are in the interest of the US.
“I am very honored to serve my country and my community as the US Attorney for the Southern District of Florida,” said Lapointe. “The proud story of this office stems from many years of commitment to justice, honesty, integrity, and community service. I will follow these principles and try to maintain the high standards that this office is built on.”
Prior to his appointment, Lapointe was a partner in the Miami office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, where he handled commercial, high-end product advertising, professional liability, and criminal investigation matters. He also chaired the Advancement of Diverse Attorneys Committee of the law office, to encourage the retention and promotion of lawyers from different positions.
Lapointe began his legal career at the Florida Supreme Court, where he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Harry Lee Anstead from 1999 to 2001. He went on to serve as an assistant United States attorney for the District of Columbia. South Florida from 2002 to 2006, handling federal criminal cases ranging from narcotics and firearms to banking and mortgage crimes. Lapointe worked as a trial partner, and later partner, for the Miami office of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP from 2006 to 2017. After that, he joined Pillsbury as a partner.
Throughout his career, Lapointe remained a prominent figure pro bono practice. He received the Legal Aid/Put Something Back Pro Bono Award in Child Advocacy and the Daily Business Review’s Most Effective Lawyer Award for Pro Bono in Family Law.
Lapointe received his law degree from Florida State University College of Law and a degree in finance from Florida State University College of Business. He also attended Miami Dade College.
Lapointe is a US Marine Gulf War veteran and the first Haitian-born American attorney to serve in the US Attorney’s office. He immigrated from Haiti to the US as a teenager, settled in the Miami suburb of Liberty City, and graduated from Edison High School.
He succeeds Juan Antonio Gonzalez, a public prosecutor who has led the office since March 2021.