Acting attorney general Gilbert Birnbrich has named Reena Patel as the Civil Division chief effective Aug. 13, 2014. Patel succeeds Birnbrich since vacating the post upon his promotion to deputy attorney general in December 2013.
“I am pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Patel to chief of Civil Division,” said Birnbrich. “It is evident through her hard work that Ms. Patel will continue to succeed in our office, and most importantly, in her new role as chief. I can attest to her capabilities and her commitment to serve the people of the CNMI.”
As division chief, Patel’s duties and responsibilities will be that of administering the day-to-day operations of the department.
“I am honored to be offered the position of chief of the Civil Division. I look forward to continue serving the people of the Commonwealth in my new role,” says Patel.
Patel, a native of New York City, received her undergraduate degree from New York University in 2000, a law degree from the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2008, and an L.L.M in international trade in 2009. After law school, Patel entered private practice in San Diego until she moved to the CNMI in March 2012 to serve as an assistant attorney general. While working at the Office of the Attorney General, Patel has served as legal counsel to numerous government agencies including Commerce, Labor, and Consumer Counsel. Patel has also served as the lead attorney for the CNMI government in the Retirement Fund case, along with several other cases. (OAG)