Crime

Asst. US Attorney promoted to top job

Nikolas P. Kerest nominated as US Attorney for the District of Vermont

Nikolas P. Kerest, 48, of Shelburne, has been nominated by President Biden as the next U.S. Attorney for Vermont, succeeding Trump administration appointee Christina Nolan.

He had been an Assistant United States Attorney in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Vermont, where he has served since 2019. Previously, Kerest served in the Civil Division of the same office, first as an Assistant United States Attorney from 2010 to 2014 and then as Civil Chief from 2014 to 2019.

While he was Civil Chief, Kerest also served as the Civil Rights Coordinator from 2014 to 2016. Kerest was in private practice at Pierce Atwood LLP in Portland, Maine from 2004 to 2010 and Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston, Massachusetts from 2001 to 2004. Kerest served as a law clerk for Judge Fred I. Parker on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from 2000 to 2001.

Kerest received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 2000 and his B.A. from Williams College in 1994.

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