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Marsha Pechman

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Marsha Pechman
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Washington
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   9/9/1999 - Present
Chief:   2011 - Present
Preceded by:   William Dwyer
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Salem, OR
Undergraduate:   Cornell University, B.A., 1973
Law School:   Boston University, J.D., 1976

Marsha Pechman is chief judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. She joined the court in 1999 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. She then became chief judge of the court in 2011.

Early life and education

Born in Salem, Oregon, Pechman graduated from Cornell University with her bachelor's degree in 1973 and later from Boston University with her Juris Doctor degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Pechman was a legal intern in the Washington State, King County Prosecutor's Office in 1976, before serving as a Deputy Prosecutor in the Office until 1979. From 1979 to 1981, Pechman was a Staff Attorney and Instructor of the University of Washington School of law, and then entered private practice in Seattle, Washington until 1988. In addition to private practice, Pechman was an Adjunct Professor from 1983 to 1987 at the University of Puget Sound. From 1988 to 1999, Pechman served as Judge for the King County Superior Court in Washington State.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Washington

Pechman was nominated to the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington by Bill Clinton on March 24, 1999 to a seat vacated by William Dwyer. Pechman was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 8, 1999 on a Senate vote and received commission on September 9, 1999.[2]

Notable cases

WaMu 401(k) case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (IN RE WASHINGTON MUTUAL, INC. SECURITIES, DERIVATIVE AND ERISA LITIGATION, Nos. 2:08-md-01919-MJP, C07-1874 MJP)

In 2009, Judge Pechman presided in a case in which employees of Washington Mutual sued to recover lost funds from their 401(k) retirement accounts after JP Morgan Chase acquired the assets of Washington Mutual in 2008.[3]

In October 2009, Judge Pechman ruled that JP Morgan Chase was not liable for the 401(k) accounts of Washington Mutual employees.[4]

A detailed description of the history of the case, as well as copies of all official court documents can be found here.

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
William Dwyer
Western District of Washington
Seat #1
Succeeded by: