Thomas A. Varlan

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Thomas Alexander Varlan
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Assumed office
October 8, 2012
Preceded by Curtis Lynn Collier
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
Assumed office
March 14, 2003
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Leon Jordan
Personal details
Born Thomas Alexander Varlan
1956 (age 60–61)
Oak Ridge, Tennessee
Education University of Tennessee B.A.
Vanderbilt University Law School J.D.

Thomas Alexander Varlan (born 1956) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Varlan received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Tennessee in 1978 and a Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1981. He was in private practice in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1981 to 1987. He was the law director for the City of Knoxville, Tennessee, from 1988 to 1998, thereafter returning to private practice in Knoxville from 1998 to 2003.

District court service[edit]

On January 7, 2003, Varlan was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee vacated by Robert Leon Jordan. Varlan was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 13, 2003, and received his commission on March 14, 2003. He became Chief Judge on October 8, 2012.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Curtis Lynn Collier
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
2012–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Robert Leon Jordan
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
2003–present