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Trump 11th Circuit Pick Would Be Among Youngest Appeals Judges

Nov. 6, 2019, 7:26 PM

President Donald Trump plans to nominate Andrew Brasher to a federal appeals court seat six months after his confirmation to a district judgeship.

Brasher, who’s 38, would be one of the youngest circuit court judges if confirmed. He’s ticketed for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, which covers Alabama, Georgia, and Florida.

The former Eleventh Circuit clerk argued three times at the U.S. Supreme Court as Alabama solicitor general, including defending the state in a lawsuit alleging racial gerrymandering.

He received a qualified rating from the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Judiciary before his appointment to the Middle District of Alabama. He was confirmed to that position in May on a party line vote.

Before joining the solicitor general’s office, he practiced litigation and white-collar criminal defense law in Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP’s Birmingham office.

Trump is making good on his 2016 campaign pledge to stock the federal judiciary with younger conservatives. The Republican-led Senate has confirmed more than 150 of his nominees to district and appeals courts as well as Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.

Two other Trump nominees to the Eleventh Circuit, Barbara Lagoa and Robert Luck, are nearing confirmation votes. They are both Florida Supreme Court judges.

Trump also announced plans to fill two seats on the U.S. Tax Court in Washington.

Alina Ionescu Marshall is counsel to the Chief Judge of the U.S. Tax Court, Maurice B. Foley, and has also served as a law clerk at the court. Marshall was an adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center in its Graduate Tax Program and practiced tax law at West & Feinberg, P.C. and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer US LLP.

Christian Weiler is a partner at Weiler & Rees, LLC in New Orleans. His practice focuses on tax litigation and he’s a board-certified tax law specialist

Trump intends to nominate seven lower court judges as well, including:

  • John P. Cronan to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York;
  • William Scott Hardy to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania;
  • John F. Heil III to the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma;
  • John C. Hinderaker to the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona;
  • Iris Lan to the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York;
  • Matthew T. Schelp to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri; and
  • Carl Ezekiel Ross to the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.

To contact the reporter on this story: Melissa Heelan Stanzione in Washington at mstanzione@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Jessie Kokrda Kamens at jkamens@bloomberglaw.com; John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com