Rebecca Kanter is an Assistant United States Attorney who prosecutes crimes that impact our communities, neighborhoods, and families. From internet crimes against children and human trafficking to international corruption and embezzlement, Rebecca has spent 15 years seeking justice for crime victims. She has also served as the Civil Rights Coordinator and Ethics Advisor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

After graduating from UCLA School of Law, Rebecca served as a judicial law clerk in the Central District of California and then as an associate at the global law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP. Rebecca teaches as an Adjunct at USD School of Law and previously taught in the UCLA Women’s Studies Program.

Rebecca is not just a public servant but also a dedicated community volunteer. She is a leader in the legal community, serving on the Board of Directors for the San Diego County Bar Association and Lawyers Club of San Diego, San Diego County’s two largest lawyer membership organizations. 

In addition to her leadership as an attorney, Rebecca works hard to serve her community. Rebecca is the President of the San Diego Federal Daycare Board of Directors, a nonprofit dedicated to ensuring quality, affordable childcare for military and federal families. She was also the President of WiLDCOAST, an environmental organization that conserves coastal and marine ecosystems. Rebecca was a founding Board member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance and served her alma mater on the Executive Committee of the UC Irvine Alumni Association. 

A native of Orange County, California, Kanter graduated from UC Irvine magna cum laude with an honors degree in Political Science. She lives with her husband, a fellow federal prosecutor, and their toddler in Pacific Beach.


  • Council of Inspectors General for Integrity and Efficiency (CIGIE) Award for Investigative Excellence (2018)

  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP Warren Christopher Values Award (2017)

  • Federal Bar Association’s Elaine R. “Boots” Fisher Community Service Award (2015)

  • San Diego County Bar Association’s Service Award for Service By a Public Attorney (2014)

  • San Diego Metropolitan Magazine 40 Under 40 Award (2012)

  • San Diego Coastkeeper Volunteer Hall of Fame Award, (2010 & 2011)