Tarsha Phillibert joined the DOJ’s criminal division in October 2016. Before her time in government, Phillibert was a partner at Jenner & Block in New York for eight years.
Phillibert has prosecuted multiple cases as an assistant US attorney in the Eastern District of New York. She has worked on a wide array of violent crime, sex crime, drug and robbery cases.
For example, Phillibert prosecuted an individual accused in 2017 of keeping at least 250 marijuana plants in a warehouse in Jamaica, New York, as part of a sophisticated operation to grow and sell the drugs. The rooms contained “state-of-the-art lighting, irrigation and ventilation systems”, prosecutors said.
Phillibert also prosecuted a robbery in 2016 where two individuals entered an AT&T store in Brooklyn and stole cellphones while hooded and brandishing guns.
While at Jenner & Block, Phillibert represented California company WMC Mortgage in a contract dispute with a trust company of Deutsche Bank in the District of Connecticut.
She was chosen by wealth advisor Snowden Lane Partners as one of 50 lawyers under 40 named “Rising Stars” of 2015 in a New York Law Journal special.
Phillibert received her law degree at Case Western Reserve University and her undergraduate degree at Boston University.
Phillibert is a former board member of Dream Jamaica, a non-profit organisation that promotes education in the country.