US attorney stepping down in Nashville

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- The United States Attorney for Middle Tennessee is stepping down to enter securities fraud law in Nashville.

Jerry Martin made his mark combatting white-collar crime, including health care fraud, during his three years as the government's top lawyer in the region.

Martin told The Tennessean ( ) his departure Monday might seem abrupt, but he wanted to wait until he handled the effects of automatic federal budget cuts on his office.

Martin will create a Nashville office for Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. The San Diego-based firm represents investors who sue with claims of deception and fraud.

Martin said he's more interested in representing underdogs than in championing corporate interests.

He was appointed U.S. attorney by President Barack Obama in 2010.

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