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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||6/16/1986 - 11/30/1996|
|Chief:||1992 - 1993|
|Senior:||11/30/1996 - Present|
|Preceded by:||98 Stat. 333|
|Succeeded by:||Patrick G. Murphy|
|Home State:||Belleville, IL|
|Law School:||Saint Louis U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949|
|Military service:||U.S. Navy 1943 - 1946 ; 1950 - 1952|
William Donald Stiehl is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.
Early life and education
Stiehl, during college enlisted in the US Navy as a Navy Lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. In 1949, Stiehl earned his juris doctorate degree from Saint Louis University Law School before serving in the Navy again from 1950-1952.
- 1952-1986: Attorney, private practice
- 1970-1973: Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois
- 1956-1960: Assistant State's Attorney 
Southern District of Illinois
On the recommendation of Senator Charles Percy, Stiehl was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 14, 1986 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 approved by Congress. Stiehl was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 13, 1986, and received commission on June 16, 1986. Stiehl served as chief judge of the Southern District of Illinois from 1992-1993 before assuming senior status on November 30, 1996. Stiehl was succeeded in this position by Patrick G. Murphy.
AIG defamation case (2009)
*Wendler & Ezra, P.C., v. American International Group Data Center, Inc., et al. 07-1860
Judge Stiehl dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against AIG by prominent Southwest Illinois Attorney Brian Wendler. Wendler sued AIG over claims that the insurer used the Teamsters union website to attack the lawyer over a 2003 arrest for domestic battery. Despite the fact that the Seventh Circuit remanded the case to Judge Stiehl, the judge dismissed the case on the basis that there was not enough evidence to start a new case.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Illinois
Patrick G. Murphy
William Stiehl • James Foreman •
|Magistrate judges||Philip Frazier • Clifford Proud • Donald Wilkerson •|
|Former Article III judges||
Patrick G. Murphy • William Juergens • William Beatty • Robert Morgan • Samuel Hubbel Treat • William Joshua Allen • J. Otis Humphrey • Louis FitzHenry • Charles Guy Briggle • James Earl Major • Jackson Adair • James Ackerman • Frederick Mercer • Omer Poos • Paul Riley • Harlington Wood •
|Former Chief judges|