John F. Heil III
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Assumed office
June 21, 2021
Preceded byJohn E. Dowdell
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma
Assumed office
May 27, 2020
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byJames H. Payne
Personal details
Born1968 (age 52–53)
Lima, Ohio, U.S.
EducationOklahoma State University (BS)
University of Tulsa College of Law (JD)

John Frederick Heil III (born 1968)[1] is an American lawyer from Oklahoma who is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma. In addition to his appointment to the Northern District, he is also a judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma.

Education

Heil earned his Bachelor of Science from Oklahoma State University and his Juris Doctor, with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law, where he served as an Editor for the Tulsa Law Journal.[2]

Legal career

Before joining Hall Estill, Heil served the State of Oklahoma as Assistant District Attorney in the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. From 2000 to 2020, he was a shareholder and director at Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where his practice focused on complex commercial litigation.[2]

Federal judicial service

On November 6, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Heil to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma, United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma. On December 2, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate. President Trump has nominated Heil to the seat vacated by Judge James H. Payne, who took senior status on August 1, 2017.[3] On January 3, 2020, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate.[4] On January 6, 2020, his renomination was sent to the Senate.[5] A hearing on his nomination before the Senate Judiciary Committee was held on January 8, 2020.[6] On March 12, 2020, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 16–5 vote.[7] On May 20, 2020, the United States Senate voted to invoke cloture on his nomination by a vote of 76–16.[8] Later that same day, his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 75–17.[9] He received his judicial commission on May 27, 2020. He has served as the Chief Judge of the Northern District of Oklahoma since 2021.[10]

References

  1. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees: John Heil
  2. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominees" White House, November 6, 2019 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Eight Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate", White House, December 2, 2019
  4. ^ "PN1313 – Nomination of John F. Heil III for The Judiciary, 116th Congress (2019–2020)". www.congress.gov. January 3, 2020. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  5. ^ "Twenty-one Nominations Sent to the Senate", White House, January 6, 2020
  6. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for January 8, 2020
  7. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – March 12, 2020, Senate Judiciary Committee
  8. ^ "On the Cloture Motion (Motion to Invoke Cloture: John F. Heil III to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Oklahoma)", United States Senate, May 20, 2020
  9. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation: John F. Heil III, of Oklahoma, to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma)", United States Senate, May 20, 2020
  10. ^ "Heil, John Frederick III – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov.
Legal offices Preceded byJames H. Payne Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of OklahomaJudge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of OklahomaJudge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma 2020–present Incumbent Preceded byJohn E. Dowdell Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma 2021–present