Martin Leach-Cross Feldman

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The Honorable
Martin L.C. Feldman
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Judge of the United States Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court
Assumed office
May 19, 2010
Appointed by John Roberts
Preceded by George P. Kazen
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Assumed office
October 5, 1983
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Jack Murphy Gordon
Personal details
Born 1934 (age 79–80)
St Louis, Missouri
Alma mater Tulane University B.A., 1955
Tulane Law School J.D., 1957
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch Judge Advocate General's Corps, United States Army
Years of service 1957-1963
Rank Captain, U.S. Army Reserve

Martin Leach-Cross Feldman (born 1934) is a United States federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1983, to a seat vacated by Jack M. Gordon. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 4, 1983, and received his commission the following day.[1]

Feldman was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a B.A. from Tulane University in 1955 and a J.D. from Tulane Law School in 1957. He was a United States Army JAG Corps Reserve Captain from 1957 to 1963. Feldman also served as a law clerk to the Hon. John Minor Wisdom, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1957 to 1959. Feldman had a private practice in New Orleans, Louisiana from 1959 to 1983.[1]

Feldman is one of the judges on the FISA court.[2]

Deep Water Drilling[edit]

On June 22, 2010, Judge Feldman issued a preliminary injunction blocking a six month moratorium on deep-water offshore drilling in Hornbeck Offshore Services LLC v. Salazar. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs indicated that the Obama administration intended to immediately appeal the decision to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.[3]

Feldman's 2008 financial disclosure report[4] indicates that in that year, he owned stock in Transocean (worth under $15,000), the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon rig, as well as in other oil companies which would be affected by the moratorium.[5] A federal judge is required to consider recusal when he owns shares in one of the parties in the case before him, however none of the companies listed in Feldman's 2008 disclosure were directly involved in the action against Salazar.

Judge Feldman's 2009 financial disclosure report[6] indicates that he had financial investments in multiple BlackRock funds, each valued under $15000, much like the prior year. Although Blackrock was said to be the largest holder of BP stock,[citation needed] it's not clear that any of these funds held stock in BP. Feldman held stock in Exxon-Mobil during the hearing on the drilling moratorium and from June 8 to June 21, he issued several orders related to the moratorium case. On June 22, at the "opening of the stock market", he reportedly sold his Exxon-Mobil stock. Hours later, he issued his ruling lifting the moratorium.[7]

As of the June 9, 2010 amended complaint, Transocean, Black Rock, BP and Exxon-Mobil were not plaintiffs in the action.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Martin L C Feldman" (fee, via Fairfax County Public Library). Federal Directory. Bethesda, MD: Carroll Publishing. 2011. Gale Document Number: GALE|K2415007763. Retrieved 2013-12-30.  Biography in Context. (subscription required)
  2. ^ Shiffman, John; Cooke, Kristina (2013-06-21). "The judges who preside over America's secret court". Reuters. Archived from the original on 2013-06-23. Retrieved 2013-07-01. "Twelve of the 14 judges who have served this year on the most secret court in America are Republicans and half are former prosecutors." 
  3. ^ Savage, Charlie (June 22, 2010). "Judge Blocks Deep-Water Drilling Moratorium". The New York Times. 
  4. ^ Feldman, Martin L. C. (May 14, 2009). "Financial disclosure report for calendar year 2008" (PDF). p. 5. Archived from the original on 2011-06-08. Retrieved 2013-12-30.  line 19
  5. ^ Roosevelt, Margot (June 22, 2010). "Gulf oil spill: New Orleans judge held energy-related stocks". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ Feldman, Martin L. C. (June 3, 2010). "Financial disclosure report for calendar year 2009". p. 6. Retrieved 2013-12-30.  lines 44-45
  7. ^ Mufson, Steven; Stephens, Joe (June 26, 2010). "Judge in drilling case held stock in oil company affected by moratorium". Washington Post. Retrieved 2010-06-25. 
  8. ^ "FIRST SUPPLEMENTAL AND AMENDED COMPLAINT against Robert Abbey, Minerals Management Service, Kenneth Lee Salazar and United States Department of the Interior filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services, L for Hornbeck Offshore Services, L.L.C. v. Salazar et al". Justia Dockets & Filings. Retrieved 2013-12-30. 

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