Lawrence J. Vilardo
|Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York|
|Assumed office |
October 29, 2015
|Appointed by||Barack Obama|
|Preceded by||Richard Arcara|
|Born||June 6, 1955|
Buffalo, New York
|Education||Canisius College (B.A.)|
Harvard Law School (J.D.)
Lawrence Joseph Vilardo (born June 6, 1955) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
Vilardo was born on June 6, 1955, in Buffalo, New York. He graduated from Canisius High School and then received a Bachelor of Arts summa cum laude, in 1977 from Canisius College. He received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude, in 1980 from Harvard Law School. He served as a law clerk to Judge Irving Loeb Goldberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, from 1980 to 1981. From 1981 to 1986, he was an associate at the law firm of Damon Morey LLP. From 1986 to 2015, he was a founding partner of the law firm of Connors & Vilardo, LLP., where he conducted a wide range of civil and criminal litigation in State and Federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.
On February 4, 2015, President Obama, on the recommendation of Senator Chuck Schumer, nominated Vilardo to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, to the seat vacated by Judge Richard Arcara, who took senior status on January 3, 2015. He received a hearing before the United States Senate Judiciary Committee on May 6, 2015. On June 4, 2015 his nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote. On October 26, 2015 the United States Senate voted in favor of final confirmation by a vote of 88–0. He received his judicial commission on October 29, 2015.