Kathleen M. O'Malley

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Kathleen O'Malley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 27, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Alvin Schall
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
In office
October 12, 1994 – December 27, 2010
Appointed by Bill Clinton
Preceded by John Potter
Succeeded by Seat abolished
Personal details
Born 1956 (age 57–58)
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Alma mater Kenyon College
Case Western Reserve University

Kathleen McDonald O'Malley (born 1956) is a United States federal judge.

Born in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania, O'Malley received a double A.B. from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio in 1979, graduating magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Her majors were honors history and economics; she graduated in both with distinction. She received a 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. 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 with at Jones, Day, Reavis and Pogue, until 1985, and then with Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, where she became a partner, with an emphasis was on complex corporate and commercial litigations, including intellectual property, securities fraud, trade secrets, shareholder's rights and large-scale coverage disputes. She was chief counsel to the Ohio Attorney General's Office from 1991 to 1993, where 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 1993 to 1994, she 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.

On September 20, 1994, O'Malley was nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio vacated by John William Potter. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 7, 1994, and received her commission on October 12, 1994. On March 10, 2010, President Barack Obama nominated O'Malley for elevation to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.[1] She was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 22, 2010.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
John Potter
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
1994–2010
Seat abolished
Preceded by
Alvin Schall
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
2010–present
Incumbent