Leonard I. Garth

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Leonard Garth
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
In office
August 6, 1973 – June 30, 1986
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by James Rosen
Succeeded by Morton Greenberg
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
In office
December 18, 1969 – August 6, 1973
Appointed by Richard Nixon
Preceded by Thomas Madden
Succeeded by Herbert Stern
Personal details
Born (1921-04-07) April 7, 1921 (age 93)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Alma mater Columbia University
Harvard University

Leonard I. Garth (born April 7, 1921) is a senior judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Garth was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated with a bachelor of arts from Columbia University in 1942. He served during World War II as a United States Army Lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. Upon his return, he earned his law degree from Harvard Law School in 1952.

After building a private practice in Paterson, New Jersey, Garth was made a judge in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey by President Richard M. Nixon in 1969, and elevated to the Third Circuit by Nixon in 1973. He assumed senior status in 1986.

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito clerked for Garth from 1976 to 1977 in his first job out of law school. As of 2013 Garth holds the distinction of being the only sitting judge for whom a member of the United States Supreme Court has clerked.

Garth had been a lecturer at Rutgers Law School and at Seton Hall Law School.

Reversal by the U.S. Supreme Court[edit]

Garth wrote the opinion in Sullivan v. Barnett, 139 F.3d 158 (3d Cir. 1998). This decision was reversed by the U.S. Supreme Court in American Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company v. Sullivan, 526 U.S. 40 (1999).

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Thomas Madden
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey
1969–1973
Succeeded by
Herbert Stern
Preceded by
James Rosen
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
1973–1986
Succeeded by
Morton Greenberg