Jennifer A. Youngs
Ms. Youngs graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (B.A. 1992, J.D. 1996). Upon graduation from law school, Jennifer was the law clerk to the Honorable George R. Hodges, then the Chief Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of North Carolina. Upon completion of the clerkship, she worked in the litigation groups of James, McElroy & Diehl, PA and McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte.
In 2003, Jennifer joined the United States Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. Her work included bankruptcy, civil, and criminal litigation. She served as the Deputy Civil Chief and was the sole attorney for the Financial Litigation Unit, handling both civil and criminal cases. During Jennifer’s tenure, the funds collected by the unit increased from an annual average of $1.8 million to more than $17 million. Similarly, during Jennifer’s tenure the district routinely ranked in the top ten districts nationally for forfeiture and collections. Jennifer was recognized nationally for her knowledge and expertise, regularly teaching financial litigation and bankruptcy classes for the Department of Justice at the National Advocacy Center in Columbia, South Carolina, and has been a guest speaker on bankruptcy issues at the Charlotte School of Law. Jennifer twice received awards from the United States Attorney General; the Crime Victims Fund Award in 2007 (Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez) and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance as an Assistant United States Attorney in 2011 (Attorney General Eric Holder).
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