Ninth Circuit Nominee, Five District Nominees Announced

The White House has released the names of six nominees to federal judgeships, including Eric D. Miller to serve on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, the largest appellate court in the country.

Miller, a partner of Seattle’s Perkins Coie, served for five years as an assistant to the Solicitor General in the Justice Department and has argued 60 appeals, including 16 in the Supreme Court. He is a former law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and is head of the Perkins Coie’s appellate practice.

The other nominees announced Friday include Tess M. Gorman and Kathleen M. O’Sullivan, both to the Western District of Washington; Damon R. Leichty, to the Northern District of Indiana; Nicholas Ranjan to the Western District of Pennsylvania and John Milton Younge to the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

Gorman is a federal prosecutor in Seattle and oversees the criminal division. O’Sullivan, like Miller, is a partner at Perkins Coie. She was a law clerk to Judge Margaret McKeown of the 9th Circuit and practices civil litigation.

Leichty is with Barnes & Thornburg in Indiana and practices complex civil litigation, including defending companies accused in federal products liability cases. He has also worked for the Indiana University counsel’s office.

Ranjan is a commercial, energy and appellate attorney at K&L Gates in Pittsburgh. He serves on the company’s global pro bono and diversity committees.

Younge has served as a judge on the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas since 1995. He served as deputy director and general counsel of Redevelopment Authority of Philadelphia.


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