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William Zloch

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William Zloch
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #14
Station:   Fort Lauderdale, FL
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   11/4/1985 - Present
Chief:   2000 - 2007
Preceded by:   98 Stat. 333
Personal History
Born:   1944
Hometown:   Fort Lauderdale, FL
Undergraduate:   University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1966
Law School:   University of Notre Dame Law, J.D., 1974
Military service:   U.S. Navy 1967-1969
William J. Zloch is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida. He joined the court in 1985 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Prior to appointment, Zloch was a private practice attorney in the state of Florida.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Zloch graduated from the University of Notre Dame with his bachelor's degree in 1966, and his Juris Doctor degree in 1974.[1]

Professional career

Zloch was a private practice attorney in the State of Florida from 1974 until 1985.[1]

Military service

Zloch served on active duty as Lieutenant in the United States Navy from 1967 to 1969.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Florida

Zloch was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida by President Ronald Reagan on October 9, 1985 to a new judgeship created by 98 Stat. 333, which was approved by Congress. Zloch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 1, 1985 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 4, 1985. Zloch served as the Chief Judge of the Court from 2000 to 2007.[1]

Notable cases

Bradley Birkenfeld case (2010)

     United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida (United States v. Bradley Birkenfeld, 08-CR-60099-ZLOCH)

Judge Zloch was the presiding judge in the case of former UBS banker Bradley Birkenfeld who was considered to be the a key person in a wide range income tax evasion case. On December 31, 2009, Birkenfeld's legal team asked the judge to delay the start of his three-year prison sentence on grounds he should be re-sentenced for cooperating with authorities. This came after federal prosecutors asked the judge to be lenient on sentencing the former banker.[2] On January 4, 2010, Judge Zloch refused the request from Birkenfeld's legal team. Birkenfeld began serving a three-year prison sentence on January 8, 2010.[3]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
NA-New Seat
Southern District of Florida
Seat #14
Succeeded by: