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Richard Holwell
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #10
Station:   New York, NY
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   09/22/2003 - 2/7/2012
Preceded by:   Barrington Parker
Personal History
Born:   1946
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Villanova U., B.A., 1967
Law School:   Columbia Law, J.D., 1970

Richard Holwell is a former federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Judge Holwell entered private practice in New York, New York directly after finishing law school and remained there until his appointment to the federal bench. He resigned from his post on February 7, 2012 to enter private practice.[1]

Early life and education

Holwell graduated from Villanova with his bachelor's degree in 1967 and later graduated from Columbia-New York Law with his J.D. degree in 1970. He also studied at the Cambridge University School of Criminology in 1971.[1]

Professional career

Holwell spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of New York from 1971 to 2003.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of New York

Howell was nominated by George W. Bush on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Barrington Parker. Holwell was confirmed by the Senate on September 17, 2003 on a majority voice vote and received commission on September 22, 2003. He resigned from his post on February 7, 2012 to enter private practice.[2]

Notable cases

Countrywide mortgage case (2009)

     Southern District of New York
On August 19, 2009, Judge Holwell ruled in favor of investors that held mortgage-backed securities in a lawsuit filed against mortgage giant Countrywide.[3]

The judge ruled against an argument from Countrywide in which the company was seeking protection from lawsuits filed by investors that were part of the 2009 mortgage modification laws approved by President Barack Obama.[3]

Many legal experts viewed this is a victory for investors; this was one of the first federal court cases that allowed investors to re-coup losses during the 2008 economic crisis.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Barrington Parker
Southern District of New York
2003–Current
Succeeded by:
Valerie Caproni


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