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Who is Judge Richard Sullivan?

Judge Richard Sullivan is President Trump’s nominee to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit from New York.

Age: 54

Current Position: U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York (New York, NY)

Education:

  • B.A., College of William & Mary (1986)
  • J.D., Yale Law School (1990)

Judicial Clerkships: Judge David Ebel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (1990-91)

Experience:

  • 1991-1994: Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz LLP (New York, NY)
  • 1994-2005: Assistant U.S. Attorney, U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York (New York, NY)
  • 2005-2007: Deputy General Counsel and General Counsel, Marsh Inc. (New York, NY)
  • 2007-Present: U.S. District Judge, Southern District of New York (New York, NY)

Notable Matters:

  • President George W. Bush nominated Sullivan to be a U.S. District Judge in 2007, and he was confirmed by a vote of 99-0.
  • As a federal prosecutor, Sullivan served as Chief of the International Narcotics Trafficking Unit and oversaw the prosecution of major drug rings.
  • Sullivan prosecuted Mario Villanueva Madrid, a major drug trafficker who was the Governor of the Mexican State of Quintana Roo.

Awards

  • Prosecutor of the Year, Federal Law Enforcement Association (1998); Henry L. Stimson Medal, New York City Bar Association (2003)

 Professional Activities

  • Judge Sullivan is an Adjunct Professor and Fordham University Law School and Columbia Law School, and teaches classes on White Collar Crime, Trial Advocacy, and Sentencing.
  • He is a frequent speaker and panelist at Federalist Society events and also serves on the executive board for the New York American Inn of Court.

Biographical Notes

  • Judge Sullivan is originally from Manhasset, New York and is a graduate of Chaminade High School in Mineola, New York.
Carrie Severino is chief counsel and policy director to the Judicial Crisis Network.

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