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Richard Gary Taranto

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Richard Gary Taranto
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Title:   Judge
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   91-0
Active:   3/11/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Paul Michel
Past post:   Private practice, Washington, D.C.
Past term:   1989-2013
Personal History
Born:   1957
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Pomona College, B.A., 1977
Law School:   Yale Law, J.D., 1981

Richard Gary Taranto is a judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He joined the court in 2013 after an appointment from President Barack Obama. At the time of appointment, he was a partner at the law firm of Farr & Taranto in Washington D.C.[1][2]

Early life and education

Taranto graduated summa cum laude in 1977 from Pomona College. He earned his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1981.[3]

Professional career

Judicial Career

Federal Circuit

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Richard Gary Taranto
 Court:Federal Circuit
 Progress:Confirmed 487 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:November 10, 2011
ApprovedAABA Rating:Unanimously Well Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:February 29, 2012
ApprovedARenom. QFRs:Renom. QFRs
ApprovedAReported:February 7, 2013 (March 29, 2012)
ApprovedAConfirmed:March 11, 2013
 Vote: 91-0

Taranto was nominated to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Obama on November 10, 2011. Obama said of the nomination:

Richard Taranto is a lawyer of exceptional legal ability and great personal and professional integrity. I am pleased and honored to nominate him to the U.S. Court of Appeals to the Federal Circuit, and I am confident that his intelligence, independence, judgment, and temperament will make him a welcome addition to that court.[3][4]
He is nominated to fill the seat vacated by the retirement of Paul Michel.[1]

Taranto was rated "Unanimously Well Qualified" by the American Bar Association. He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on February 29, 2012 and you can find his Committee Questionnaire available here, his Questions for the Record available here and his Renomination Questions for the Record.[5]

Taranto's nomination was returned to the president on January 3, 2013. The nomination was resubmitted on January 4, 2013.[5]

On March 11, 2013, the United States Senate confirmed Richard Gary Taranto to an Article III post for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit with vote of 91-0.[6][7]

Taranto also taught courses at Harvard Law School and the Georgetown University Law Center.[3]

Awards and associations


  • 2010, 2011: "Band 1" list of Leading Individuals, Appellate Law, Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
  • 2007-2011: Among top 100 lawyers in Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers
  • 2010, 2011: Top 15 Supreme Court lawyers, Legal 500 US
  • 2005: Amicus Award, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
  • 2003: One of two Moot Court Justices of the Term, Georgetown University Law Center Supreme Court Institute


  • 2009-Present: Member, Appellate Rules Advisory Committee for the United States Judicial Conference
  • 2002-Present: Mathematical Association of America
  • 1993-Present: Edgemoor Club[8]

See also

External links


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Paul Michel
Federal Circuit
Succeeded by: