U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said, "For the last 16 years, Judge Kate O'Malley has served the Northern District of Ohio with distinction. Ohio's loss is our nation's gain."
"Kate O'Malley will make an outstanding judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is an innovator, with a brilliant legal mind. She has pursued a distinguished career in Ohio, and she will bring an important new voice to the Court of Appeals."
O'Malley, 53, was nominated in March to the seat on the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C. It's a specialty court dealing with issues including international trade, government contracts, federal personnel, patents and trademarks.
Her husband, George Pappas, is a patent attorney in Washington D.C.
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O'Malley grew up in Richmond Heights and graduated from Regina High School.
She attended Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio where she graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa in 1979. Her majors were honors history and economics; she graduated in both with distinction.
She received her J.D. degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Order of the Coif, in 1982, where she served on Law Review and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team.
O'Malley was appointed to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Bill Clinton on Oct. 12, 1994.
Prior to her appointment to the bench, she served as First Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff for Ohio Attorney General Lee Fisher from 1992-1994.
In that position, she was responsible, under the direction of the Attorney General, for the overall functioning and management of all divisions of the Attorney General's Office, including litigation, law enforcement, legislative activities, policy initiatives and the human resources and administrative aspects of the office.
From 1991-1992, Judge O'Malley was Chief Counsel to the Attorney General, overseeing the work of the office's 350 attorneys and acting as Counsel of Record in the state's more sensitive and complex legal battles.
From 1985-1991, she worked for Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she became a partner. O'Malley's emphasis was on complex corporate and commercial litigations, including intellectual property, securities fraud, trade secrets, shareholder's rights and large-scale coverage disputes.
From 1983-1984, she was an associate at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, where she practiced complex corporate litigation, with the majority of her work centering on intellectual property litigation.
She began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Nathaniel R. Jones, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.
It was Brown who introduced O'Malley at her July 28 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.
In his introduction, Brown said, "For the last 15 years, Judge Kate O'Malley has served the Northern District of Ohio with distinction. In case there is any doubt as to her experience, she has handled approximately 4,000 civil cases, 800 criminal cases, and three major multi-district litigation cases, including one with 20,000 claimants and another with 12,000 separate cases,"
"Kate O'Malley will make an outstanding judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Her distinguished career pursuing justice based on the merits and devoid of ideology or hidden agenda will bring an important new voice to the court."