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Colleen McMahon

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Colleen McMahon
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #17
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   10/22/1998 - Present
Preceded by:   John Keenan
Past post:   New York Court of Claims, New York Supreme Court, Judge
Past term:   1995 - 1998
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Columbus, OH
Undergraduate:   Ohio State U., B.A., 1973
Law School:   Harvard Law, J.D., 1976

Colleen McMahon is a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She joined the court in 1998 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to joining the court, McMahon was a New York Court of Claims Judge for the New York Supreme Court from 1995 to 1998.[1]

Early life and education

A native of Ohio, McMahon graduated from Ohio State with her bachelor's degree in 1973 and later graduated from Harvard Law with her J.D. degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

McMahon had two stints as a private practice attorney in New York from 1976 to 1979 and from 1980 to 1995. He served one year as a speechwriter/special assistant to Donald McHenry of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations from 1979 to 1980.[1]

Judicial career

Article III judgeship

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynhian, McMahon was nominated by President Bill Clinton on May 21, 1998, to a seat vacated by John Keenan as Keenan was elevated to a judgeship on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. McMahon was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 21, 1998, on a majority voice vote and received commission on October 22, 1998.[2]

Claims judgeship

McMahon served as a judge in the New York Court of Claims in the New York Supreme Court from 1995 to 1998.[1]

Notable cases

Flavored tobacco ban law challenge (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of New York (U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Manufacturing Co. LLC et al. v. City of New York, 1:2009cv10511)

Judge McMahon on March 24, 2010, ruled against a lawsuit that challenged a ban on the sale of flavored tobacco in New York City. The law, which was approved by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2007, was challenged by well-known tobacco maker Altria-Philip Morris.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
John Keenan
Southern District of New York
1998–Current
Succeeded by:
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