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Trump Picks Two Perkins Coie Partners for Federal Judgeships

July 13, 2018, 7:20 PM

President Donald Trump nominated a new batch of federal judges on July 13, including two Perkins Coie LLP partners, one of whom is a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk.

The latest round includes a lone federal appellate court nomination and five district court seats. The Senate has confirmed 22 of Trump’s appellate nominees.

The nominees from Perkins Coie LLP’s Seattle office include Eric D. Miller to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and Kathleen M. O’Sullivan to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Miller clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and District of Columbia Circuit Judge Laurence H. Silberman. He’s now chair of Perkins Coie’s appellate practice and lectures part-time at the University of Washington law school in Seattle.

The Ninth Circuit is the nation’s largest federal appellate court, and covers states including California and Alaska.

O’Sullivan chairs the firm’s commercial litigation practice group. She also had two judicial clerkships, first for the District of Columbia District’s Judge Harold H. Greene and then for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the Ninth Circuit.

The other district judges nominated were:

  • Tessa M. Gorman, to the Western District of Washington;
  • Damon R. Leichty, to the Northern District of Indiana;
  • J. Nicholas Ranjan, to the Western District of Pennsylvania; and
  • John Milton Younge, to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

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To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at