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Gary Feinerman

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Gary Feinerman
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #8
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Active:   6/29/2010 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Gettleman
Personal History
Born:   1965
Hometown:   Skokie, IL
Undergraduate:   Yale College, B.A., 1987
Law School:   Stanford Law School, J.D., 1991

Gary Scott Feinerman is a judge on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was nominated to the court by President Barack Obama and confirmed in 2010.


Feinerman earned his B.A. from Yale College in 1987 and his J.D. from Stanford in 1991.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Northern District of Illinois

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Gary Feinerman
 Court:Northern District of Illinois
 Progress:Confirmed 124 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:February 24, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:March 10, 2010
ApprovedAReported:April 15, 2010 
ApprovedAConfirmed:June 28, 2010
 Vote: 80-0

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin announced that President Obama has nominated Feinerman to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. He was one of several recommendations for the seat from Senator Durbin. His nomination was subject to review by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmation by the U.S. Senate.[3]

Obama called Feinerman one "of our nation’s best and brightest."[1]

Feinerman received a rating of Unanimously Well Qualified from the American Bar Association.[4]

Judiciary Committee hearing

Feinerman's Public Questionnaire Available Here
Questions for the Record available here

Feinerman had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 10, 2010.[5] He was confirmed by the Senate on June 28, 2010 on a vote of 80-0.[4]

Awards and associations

As Solicitor General of Illinois, Feinerman received Best Brief Awards from the National Association of Attorneys General in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.[1] He was also president of the Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois, a past Leadership Greater Chicago fellow, and recipient of a "Forty Under Forty" designation from Crain's Chicago Business.[3]

Notable cases

Michael Jordan image infringement case (2012)

     United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois (Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc, No. 10 C 340)

On February 16, 2012, Judge Gary Feinerman of United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled against basketball player Michael Jordan in a lawsuit against a store chain who made reference to Jordan in an ad-like magazine layout. According to Feinerman, the layout was constitutionally protected free speech, and did not constitute an advertisement.

The lawsuit centers around a layout published by Sports Illustrated in 2009. In it, Jewel congratulated Jordan on his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and included their logo in the layout. It also included basketball shoes with the number "23" on them, in reference to Jordan's jersey number while playing with the Chicago Bulls. Judge Feinerman's ruling stated that because the layout wasn't attempting to sell anything, there was no misappropriation of Jordan's image. He rejected the argument from Jordan's attorneys that the food chain didn't need to be selling a particular item to have used Jordan's image to promote the company.[6]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Gettleman
Northern District of Illinois
Seat #8
Succeeded by:

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