Yates has 22 years of prosecutorial experience in the U. S. Attorney’s office and focused much of her career on public corruption cases. She was the lead prosecutor in the Atlanta prosecution of Olympic bomber Eric Rudolph.
Don Samuel, the prominent Atlanta defense attorney who has frequently gone up against Yates in federal court, had nothing but praise for the prosecutor on Sunday night.
“We are delighted,” Samuel said. “She’s a fabulous lawyer. We’ll miss her down here. She runs a very competent office, and I’m sure she’ll continue that on a nationwide basis.”
Yates attended the University of Georgia for undergraduate and law school. She began work as assistant US Attorney in 1989. She was hired by former U.S. Congressman Bob Barr. Yates was chief of the US Attorney’s public corruption section before being nominated to be US Attorney in 2010. Yates has been vice chairman of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee, a policy planning panel that advises Holder.