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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
|Appointed by:||Barack Obama|
|Active:||6/29/2010 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Robert Gettleman|
|Home State:||Skokie, IL|
|Bachelors:||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.
Early life and education
Feinerman worked as a clerk for both Judge Joel Flaum of the Seventh Circuit and Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States after law school. He also served in the Justice Department’s Office of Policy Development (now known as the Office of Legal Policy). Feinerman was the Solicitor General of Illinois from 2003-2007.  Since 2007 he has been with the law firm Sidley Austin LLP.  He was previously a partner at Mayer Brown in Chicago. 
Northern District of Illinois
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 is subject to review by the Senate Judiciary Committee and confirmation by the U.S. Senate. 
Obama called Feinerman one "of our nation’s best and brightest". 
Judiciary Committee hearing
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.  He is 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. 
A notable case on this page needs to be updated.
Michael Jordan image infringement case
| United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois|
*Jordan v. Jewel Food Stores, Inc No. 10 C 340
|On February 16, Judge Gary Feinerman of United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois ruled against basketball great 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. This ruling could keep Jordan's suit against Jewel from moving forward.
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 the food chain didn't need to be selling a particular item to have used Jordan's image to promote the company.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 White House Press Release "President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench", February 24, 2010
- ↑ Chicago Breaking News Center "Obama nominates 2 for federal judgeships here", February 25, 2010
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Durbin Press Release "White House Nominates First Two to Fill Federal Judgeships in Northern District", February 24, 2010
- ↑ 4.0 4.1 Judicial Nomination Materials
- ↑ Senate Judiciary Committee Meeting Notice, March 3, 2010
- ↑ Associated Press, "Federal judge deals blow to Jordan in ad lawsuit", 16 February 2012
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