Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley Retires from the Federal Circuit

The Honorable Kathleen M. O’Malley retired from judicial service on March 11, 2022.  Judge O’Malley began her service on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit on December 27, 2010, following her appointment by President Barack Obama and confirmation by the Senate.  Prior to her appointment, Judge O’Malley served for sixteen years as a district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.  Judge O’Malley’s full biography is now available on the Federal Judicial Center’s website.

7 thoughts on “Circuit Judge Kathleen M. O’Malley Retires from the Federal Circuit

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    She was the first of the Obama judges. Obama hadn’t really gotten it down quite right how to destroy the CAFC when he nominated O’Malley. Turned out that O’Malley was absurd to have as a CAFC judge as she knew and knows absolutely nothing about science and technology. But she was a decent enough person that it was not a disaster as with all the subsequent judges that Obama appointed or more realistically was paid to nominate by his corporate handlers.

    But that is just reality.

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    One of the few Fed. Cir. judges who had came to that Court with extensive prior Federal District Court trial experience.

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      Any patent experience?

      Just me, perhaps, but I’ll take an experienced patent prosecutor for a CAFC bench slot over an experienced federal trial judge any day.

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        I do believe that she had patent trials in her extensive Federal District Court trial experience.


          From: link to

          “She was a law clerk to Nathaniel R. Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit from 1982 to 1983. She was in private practice in Columbus, Ohio, from 1983 to 1991, first at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, until 1985, and then with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she became a partner, and had a practice with an emphasis on complex corporate and commercial litigations, including intellectual property, securities fraud, trade secrets, shareholder’s rights and large-scale coverage disputes.”

          She is only 65. Any law firm would be lucky to get her.


            I agree NOIP.

            That being said, I do believe that Judge O’Malley really does intend to retire from all active legal service.

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