Eric R. Komitee
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
Assumed office
December 5, 2019
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byEric N. Vitaliano
Personal details
Born (1970-12-21) December 21, 1970 (age 50)
Freeport, New York, U.S.
EducationEmory University (BA)
New York University School of Law (JD)

Eric Ross Komitee (born December 21, 1970) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Education

Komitee earned his Bachelor of Arts, with high honors, from Emory University, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from the New York University School of Law, where he served as the senior notes and comments editor of the New York University Law Review.[1]

Legal career

After graduation from law school he served as a law clerk to Judge James Larry Edmondson of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He has practiced as an associate in the Government Enforcement and White Collar Crime group of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom and as an associate in the corporate practice group of Cravath Swaine & Moore. He previously served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, rising to serve as Chief of the Business and Securities Fraud Section.[1]

From 2008 to 2019, he served as General Counsel of Viking Global Investors in New York City.[1]

Federal judicial service

In August 2017, Komitee was one of several candidates pitched to New York senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand by the White House as judicial candidates for vacancies on the federal courts in New York.[2] On May 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Komitee to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York. On May 15, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. He was nominated to the seat that was vacated by Judge Eric N. Vitaliano, who assumed senior status on February 28, 2017. On August 1, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[3] On September 13, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 21–0 vote.[4]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[5] On April 8, 2019, President Trump announced the renomination of Komitee to the district court.[6] On May 21, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate. On June 20, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 21–1 vote.[7] On December 2, 2019, the United States Senate invoked cloture on his nomination by a vote of 81–5.[8] On December 3, 2019, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 86–4.[9] He received his judicial commission on December 5, 2019.

References

  1. ^ a b c "President Donald J. Trump Announces Fourteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Thirteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eighth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees" White House, May 10, 2018 This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Tillman, Zoe (August 7, 2017). "The White House Has Pitched A Nominee For Manhattan's Powerful US Attorney Opening". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for August 1, 2018
  4. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 13, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee
  5. ^ "Trump Drops Obama Picks, N.Y., Calif. Names From Judges List". Bloomberg Law. January 23, 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  6. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominations", White House, April 8, 2019
  7. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – June 20, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee
  8. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture: Eric Ross Komitee to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York)". United States Senate. December 2, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
  9. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: Eric Ross Komitee, of New York, to be U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of New York )". United States Senate. December 3, 2019. Retrieved December 3, 2019.
Legal offices
Preceded by
Eric N. Vitaliano
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
2019–present
Incumbent