Michael Bresnick (Maine Law ‘96) Appointed Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force

U.S Attorney General Eric Holder recently announced the appointment of Michael J. Bresnick as executive director of President Barack Obama’s new Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force. Bresnick, who graduated from the University of Maine School of Law in 1996, has spent the past eight years investigating and prosecuting complex fraud cases at the federal level.

After graduating from Bowdoin College and Maine Law, Bresnick clerked for Judge Morton Brody of the United States District Court for the District of Maine and for Judge Conrad Cyr of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, then practiced at the law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York, focusing on white collar crime and business litigation.

Bresnick began his career as a federal prosecutor in 2003 as an assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia, where he prosecuted a variety of criminal cases, including financial fraud, public corruption, heath care fraud, and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization Act (RICO) offenses. His most recent work has been in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant chief in the Fraud Section. In this position, Bresnick supervised a team of attorneys in the Financial Institution and Public Sector Unit, which investigates and prosecutes a broad range of financial crimes, including mortgage fraud and bank fraud.

The Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force was created by President Obama’s executive order on November 17, 2009, to improve efforts across the government and with state and local partners in investigating and prosecuting those who helped bring about the last financial crisis as well as those who would attempt to take advantage of the efforts at economic recovery. For additional information on the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force visit