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William Stiehl

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William Stiehl
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   6/16/1986 - 11/30/1996
Chief:   1992 - 1993
Senior:   11/30/1996 - Present
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Succeeded by:   Patrick G. Murphy
Personal History
Born:   1925
Hometown:   Belleville, IL
Law School:   Saint Louis U. School of Law, LL.B., 1949
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1943 - 1946 ; 1950 - 1952

William Donald Stiehl is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He joined the court in 1986 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. He is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

Stiehl, during college enlisted in the US Navy as a Navy Lieutenant from 1943 to 1946. In 1949, Stiehl earned his juris doctorate degree from Saint Louis University Law School before serving in the Navy again from 1950-1952.[1]

Professional career

  • 1952-1986: Attorney, private practice
  • 1970-1973: Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Illinois
  • 1956-1960: Assistant State's Attorney[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Illinois

On the recommendation of Senator Charles Percy, Stiehl was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on May 14, 1986 to a new seat created by 98 Stat. 333 approved by Congress. Stiehl was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 13, 1986, and received commission on June 16, 1986. Stiehl served as chief judge of the Southern District of Illinois from 1992-1993 before assuming senior status on November 30, 1996. Stiehl was succeeded in this position by Patrick G. Murphy.[1]

Notable cases

AIG defamation case (2009)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois (Wendler & Ezra, P.C., v. American International Group Data Center, Inc., et al., 07-1860)

Judge Stiehl dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed against AIG by prominent Southwest Illinois Attorney Brian Wendler. Wendler sued AIG over claims that the insurer used the Teamsters union website to attack the lawyer over a 2003 arrest for domestic battery. Despite the fact that the Seventh Circuit remanded the case to Judge Stiehl, the judge dismissed the case on the basis that there was not enough evidence to start a new case.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Southern District of Illinois
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Patrick G. Murphy

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