John W. Vardaman, III has been the Assistant Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the United States Department of Justice since January 2011. Prior to this, he served as Senior Counsel in the Office of Legal Policy at the Justice Department from 2006 to 2011.
Before joining the Justice Department, Mr. Vardaman was Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. Treasury Department from 2001 to 2005. While there, he served a stint as Associate General Counsel with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq from November 2003 to July 2004.
Before joining government, Mr. Vardaman was an associate at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP from 1997 to 2001.
Mr. Vardaman received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, and subsequently clerked for Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle on the District of Columbia Superior Court.
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Since the 1980s, the Department of Justice has utilized civil asset forfeiture as an effective...