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Sources: Albritton To Get U.S. Attorney Nomination

Posted Jul 15, 2008 by William March and Elaine Silvestrini

Updated Jul 15, 2008 at 11:54 AM

It’s not official yet, but reliable sources in Washington say the White House will nominate Brian Albritton of Tampa, an attorney with Holland & Knight, as U.S. Attorney for Florida’s Middle District.

Albritton said a few minutes ago that he’s been in the process of applying for the nomination for some time, and hasn’t heard any official confirmation of the outcome.

The post has been vacant since March, 2007, filled by a succession of temporary appointees. The district, which stretches from the Georgia line to south of Naples, is one of the nation’s largest, including more than half the population of Florida.

The White House and Senate have squabbled in the past over the delay in coming up with a nominee. Florida’s two U.S. senators, Republican Mel Martinez and Democrat Bill Nelson, submitted the names of three candidates including Albritton to the Bush administration in the summer of 2007.

But if Albritton gets the job, it’s an open question how long he’ll keep it.

The earliest the Senate judiciary committee could hold hearings on the nomination is October, Washington sources said. If John McCain were to win the presidency, it’s likely a Bush nominee could continue to serve; but if Barack Obama wins, it’s possible he would want to appoint a new U.S. Attorney.

Albritton, a graduate of New College in Sarasota, Harvard Divinity School and Boston College law school, specializes in several areas of business law for Holland & Knight, including antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, white collar crime defense, and non-competition agreements.