Sergio Acosta has served all 22 years of his legal career in public service. Early in his legal career, he served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Miami under then Miami State’s Attorney Janet Reno. Since coming to Chicago in 1990, he has served as a United States Attorney except when called on to serve a two-year period as the Administrator of the Illinois Gaming Board overseeing the regulatory functions of that entity.
These positions are ones that receive little public recognition although excellence in the positions is expected and relied on by the public. In each of his positions, Sergio’s excellence has been evidenced by his quick ascent into positions of responsibility. Shortly after returning to the United States Attorney’s Office from the Illinois Gaming Board, he was promoted to Chief of the General Crimes Section. He also serves as the Criminal Civil Rights Coordinator, leading the investigation and prosecution of individuals and law enforcement officers who violate the constitutional rights of citizens.
But Sergio’s commitment to the Chicago community goes well beyond his public service positions. By way of example, as a fellow for Leadership Greater Chicago and now as a Board member, Sergio is active in an organization that seeks to encourage a diverse mix of leaders of different races, ethnicities, genders, occupations and communities. His commitment to his community is further reflected by the ten years Sergio spent as a volunteer at the DuPage P.A.D.S homeless shelter. Through his leadership positions as a founding member and past President of the National Hispanic Prosecutors Association and with other bar groups, Sergio has also sought to make the organized bar an effective force for improving the legal profession and helping the community. Sergio’s dedication to public service is an inspiration to Chicago’s legal community.