Note: Judgepedia will be read-only from 9pm CST on February 25-March 2 while Judgepedia is merged into Ballotpedia.
Starting on March 2, all Judgepedia content will be contained on For status updates, visit

Timothy Leonard

From Judgepedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Timothy Leonard
Placeholder image.png
Do you have a photo that could go here? Submit it for this profile by emailing us!
Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   8/12/1992 - 8/21/2006
Senior:   8/21/2006 - Present
Preceded by:   Layn Phillips
Succeeded by:   Timothy DeGiusti
Personal History
Undergraduate:   University of Oklahoma, 1962
Law School:   University of Oklahoma College of Law, 1965
Military service:   U.S. Navy

Timothy D. Leonard is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. He joined the court in 1992 after being nominated by President George H.W. Bush. Leonard is serving on senior status.[1]

Early life and education

A native Oklahoman, Leonard graduated from the University of Oklahoma with both his bachelor's and J.D. degrees in 1962 and 1965.[1]

Military service

From 1965 to 1968, Leonard served in the United States Navy on active duty during the Vietnam Conflict on the JAG (Judge Advocate General) Corps, then served four years from 1968 to 1972 on reserve and non-active duty as a Naval Lieutenant.[1]

Professional career

Leonard began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General with the Oklahoma Attorney General's Office, from 1969 to 1971. From 1971 to 1989, Leonard served as a private practice attorney in the State of Oklahoma. In addition to his private practice work, Leonard was elected to the Oklahoma State Senate from 1979 to 1988 as a Republican. From 1985 to 1986, Leonard served as minority leader. From 1988 to 1989, Leonard was also a guest lecturer and adjunct professor for Oklahoma City University, before being appointed to the federal bench in 1992.[1]

Judicial career

Western District of Oklahoma

On the recommendation of Senator Don Nickles, Leonard was nominated by President George H.W. Bush on November 20, 1991, to a seat vacated by Judge Layn Phillips.[1] Leonard was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on August 11, 1992, and received commission on August 12, 1992. Leonard assumed senior status on August 21, 2006.[1] Leonard was succeeded in this position by Judge Timothy DeGiusti.

See also

External links


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Layn Phillips
Western District of Oklahoma
Seat #1
Succeeded by:
Timothy DeGiusti