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Toomey Applauds Nomination of Peter Phipps to United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

May 3, 2019
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Washington, D.C. - Following the nomination of Judge Peter Phipps to the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) released the following statement:

"Judge Phipps will make an outstanding addition to the Third Circuit. He has the experience, intellect, and integrity to be a superb circuit court judge," said Senator Toomey. "In addition to his service on the federal bench, Judge Phipps worked as a civil trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice for 15 years. Most importantly, Judge Phipps applies the law as written, treats everyone who comes before him equally, and does not impose policy preferences from the bench."

Senator Toomey and Senator Casey recommended Judge Phipps to serve on the U.S. States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and both returned blue slips for him. In 2018, the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Phipps by voice vote.

Background

Judge Peter Phipps is currently a U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where he has served since the U.S. Senate confirmed him by voice vote in 2018.

He also teaches administrative law as an adjunct professor at Duquesne University School of Law in Pittsburgh. Before ascending to the bench, Judge Phipps served as a senior trial counsel in the Federal Programs Branch of the Department of Justice's Civil Division. During his 15-year tenure at the Department of Justice, Judge Phipps litigated some of the most significant cases implicating the interests of the United States and received numerous awards and commendations, including the Attorney General's Distinguished Service Award.

Earlier in his career, Judge Phipps spent three years as an associate at Jones Day, where his practice focused on civil litigation. He also served as a law clerk to Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Judge Phipps earned both a B.S. in physics and a B.A. in history from the University of Dayton, summa cum laude, and earned his J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as the managing editor of the Stanford Law & Policy Review.