Moran, whose choice drew bipartisan support, works for the business-law firm Orrick, where he has advised Fortune 100 companies, banks and tech firms facing investigations by state attorneys general and other regulatory agencies, according to his law-firm bio.

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President Trump has nominated Seattle lawyer Brian Moran, a former chief deputy in the state Attorney General’s Office, as the next U.S. attorney for Western Washington.

Moran, whose choice drew bipartisan support, works for the business-law firm Orrick, where he has advised Fortune 100 companies, banks and tech firms facing investigations by state attorneys general and other regulatory agencies, according to his law-firm bio.

He went to Orrick after 15 years at the state Attorney General’s Office from 1998 to 2013, serving as chief criminal prosecutor and then chief deputy attorney general. Before that, Moran spent a decade as senior deputy prosecuting attorney in Kitsap County. He has tried hundreds of cases to verdict, including 35 homicides and three death-penalty cases, according to the bio.

At Orrick, Moran worked with his former boss, Rob McKenna, a Republican who was state attorney general from 2005 to 2013. McKenna said Moran is a talented, veteran prosecutor who pioneered the use of DNA evidence in murder cases. At the Attorney General’s Office, he was respected by bosses who were Democrats and Republicans.

“He’s not partisan,” McKenna said, noting Moran was hired by then-Attorney General Christine Gregoire, a Democrat, promoted by McKenna and retained for a time by current Democratic Attorney General Bob Ferguson.

“He is a really effective leader and manager of people,” McKenna said.

In an email Thursday morning, Moran said he was “deeply honored, and humbled” by the nomination.

“I look forward to returning to public service and working alongside the men and women of the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Department of Justice who have dedicated their professional  lives to serving the citizens of Washington,” he said.

Moran’s nomination, which is subject to Senate confirmation, comes about 16 months into the Trump administration, a much slower pace than the last two Seattle-based U.S. attorneys, who were nominated within six months of Presidents Bush and Obama taking office.

Lacking a presidential nominee, veteran federal prosecutor Annette Hayes has been serving as U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington since the resignation of now-Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in 2014.

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray said in a written statement she’d had a “productive meeting” with Moran and was looking forward to hearing more about his philosophy and record as he goes through the Senate Judiciary Committee vetting process.

“He has strong legal experience, and I am certainly hopeful that he will demonstrate his independence and his commitment to the principles required of this critical position,” said Murray, the state’s senior Democratic senator.

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell, a Democrat, issued a brief, noncommittal statement. “The U.S. Attorney is an important position to ensure the rule of law, and we need to ensure a full vetting of this nomination. I look forward to considering Brian Moran’s nomination,” Cantwell said.

Gregoire called Moran “a consummate professional” with “values beyond reproach.” Gregoire served two terms as state attorney general before being elected governor, and Moran worked for her as chief criminal prosecutor. In that job, he led the criminal division that assists county prosecutors on complex criminal cases, such as first-degree murder prosecutions in smaller counties.

“He was an invaluable asset to all 39 prosecutors in the state,” Gregoire said. “I am a huge supporter of his.”

As an attorney in the public-policy group at Orrick, Moran has used his connections and experience in the state Attorney General’s Office to benefit corporate clients.

Shortly after leaving as chief deputy in the Attorney General’s Office in 2013, Moran and McKenna pressed former colleagues in the office on behalf of T-Mobile, The New York Times reported in 2014. They got Attorney General Bob Ferguson to sign a letter to other attorneys general supporting the company’s efforts to stop competitors from grabbing too much of the wireless spectrum, the newspaper reported.

Moran earned a bachelor of arts degree from Middlebury College and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law, according to a White House news release.

While Moran’s confirmation would fill a major federal law-enforcement vacancy, Western Washington’s federal court remains down three District Court judge positions amid an impasse of sorts between the state’s Democratic U.S. senators and the White House. The senators have urged Trump to honor a longstanding bipartisan process for picking federal judges in Washington.

Murray and Cantwell have publicly called on the Trump administration to consider five people for federal judgeships who were chosen in 2015 by a bipartisan judicial-selection commission and submitted in the last year of the Obama administration. The Republican majority in the Senate declined to take up those nominations.

The Trump administration instead floated its own list of potential judges last summer, drawn from more conservative legal circles, but has not announced any formal nominations.

According to three sources familiar with the list, the potential nominees floated included: King County Superior Court Judge Chad Allred; Boeing senior counsel Joseph Cascio; Boeing assistant general counsel Matt Cooper; Seattle intellectual-property attorney Joel Ard; assistant U.S. Attorney Vincent Lombardi; and Sean O’Donnell, a Justice Department criminal-division lawyer in Washington, D.C.

On Thursday, Murray and Cantwell announced they’ll re-form the bipartisan commission and accept new applicants to be vetted, presumably throwing some of the names put forward by the Trump White House along with candidates previously endorsed by the commission.

The hope is to get to a list that is acceptable to the two Democratic senators, as well as the Trump White House, ensuring a smooth confirmation and avoiding partisan blowups that have delayed or derailed some other nominations.

The previous bipartisan committee included three Republicans and three Democrats and was co-chaired by Democrat Durkan and former U.S. Attorney Mike McKay, a Republican. With Durkan busy as Seattle mayor, her spot will be taken by Nick Brown, the former legal counsel to Gov. Jay Inslee.

Trump is also expected to eventually nominate a judge to fill a vacancy for an influential federal appeals court position in Seattle. Circuit Judge Richard Tallman announced last year he’d shift to senior status — a kind of semiretirement — on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.