President Barack Obama has nominated Mark A. Kearney of the law firm of Elliott Greenleaf to become a judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the first federal trial court in the United States. President Obama nominated Mr. Kearney upon the joint recommendation of Pennsylvania Senators Robert P. Casey and Patrick J. Toomey.
Mr. Kearney, Elliott Greenleaf’s co-hiring and a managing shareholder in its Pennsylvania and Delaware Offices, practices commercial litigation representing clients throughout the United States. Repeatedly recognized as a top 100 lawyer in Pennsylvania and in Philadelphia, he is the President of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute and past President of the Montgomery Bar Association and Montgomery Bar Foundation, a director of Legal Aid of Southeastern Pennsylvania, and a member of the Villanova Law School’s distinguished Board of Consultors. Mr. Kearney is the first lawyer with his principal office practicing in Montgomery County to be nominated to the United States District Court in over 50 years, and the first officer of either the Montgomery Bar Association or the Pennsylvania Bar Institute ever to be nominated as a judge for the United States District Court.
Elliott Greenleaf’s Chairman & CEO, John M. Elliott, stated: “We have always been proud of Mark A. Kearney’s leadership in the legal profession and in the community. His work ethic, sense of fairness, and dedication to the law will enhance the distinguished bench of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.”