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Jeffrey E. Tsai

Jeff Tsai

Jeffrey E. Tsai, B.A. 1997, is Special Assistant Attorney General of California. As a principal advisor to the Attorney General, Jeff oversees criminal law policy in the California Department of Justice.

Jeff was previously a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice – first at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami, where he prosecuted financial fraud and violent crimes and served as a deputy chief; and then at the Public Integrity Section at the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in Washington, D.C., where he handled federal corruption matters across the country. In Washington, Jeff also served as Senior Counsel to former Assistant U.S. Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Criminal Division. In that position, he was a senior advisor on financial fraud and anti-corruption enforcement and led the Criminal Division’s role in the President’s Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force.

Jeff started his career as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Vanessa D. Gilmore in Houston, after which he worked in private practice at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in the Silicon Valley and Keker & Van Nest in San Francisco.

Jeff received a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was elected student body president, named a Dean’s Distinguished Graduate of the College of Liberal Arts, and inducted into the Friar Society. He earned a law degree from Georgetown.

An active U.T. alumnus, Jeff also serves on the board of directors of the Ex-Students’ Association and the Texas Union Alumni Advisory Council.

Jeff lives with his family and chocolate Labrador retriever in the San Francisco Bay Area.