Mark R. Hornak
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Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
December 7, 2018
Preceded byJoy Flowers Conti
Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Assumed office
October 19, 2011
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byDonetta Ambrose
Personal details
Born (1956-03-31) March 31, 1956 (age 66)
Homestead, Pennsylvania
EducationUniversity of Pittsburgh (B.A., J.D.)

Mark Raymond Hornak (born March 31, 1956)[1] is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Early life and education

Born on March 31, 1956 in Homestead, Pennsylvania,[2] Hornak earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1978 from the University of Pittsburgh and a Juris Doctor in 1981 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.[3] From 1981 until 1982, he served as a law clerk to Judge James Marshall Sprouse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Charleston, West Virginia.[3][4]

Professional career

From 1982 until 1988, Hornak served as an associate at the Pittsburgh law firm Buchanan, Ingersoll & Rooney. From 1988 until his federal judicial confirmation, he was a partner with the firm, specializing in civil litigation, labor and employment law, media defense and governmental representation.[3] For 15 years, he also was solicitor of the Sports & Exhibition Authority of Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.[3][4]

Federal judicial service

On December 1, 2010, President Obama nominated Hornak to fill a judicial vacancy on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania that had been created by the transition to senior status in November 2010 by Judge Donetta Ambrose.[5] The United States Senate confirmed Hornak in a voice vote on October 19, 2011. He received his commission that same day.[4] He became Chief Judge on December 7, 2018.

Personal

Hornak has been married since 1981. He has five children.[6]

References

  1. ^ "Mark R. Hornak". www.pawd.uscourts.gov. Archived from the original on 2020-10-16. Retrieved 2021-04-26.
  2. ^ "Attorney Mark Raymond Hornak – Lawyer in Pittsburgh PA". www.lawyercentral.com. Archived from the original on 2016-04-08. Retrieved 2016-03-28.
  3. ^ a b c d The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (December 1, 2010). "President Obama Names Seven to United States District Court". whitehouse.gov. Archived from the original on January 18, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2011 – via National Archives.
  4. ^ a b c "Hornak, Mark Raymond – Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. Archived from the original on 2017-07-13. Retrieved 2017-05-28.
  5. ^ The White House: Office of the Press Secretary (December 1, 2010). "Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate". whitehouse.gov. Archived from the original on February 16, 2017. Retrieved March 22, 2011 – via National Archives.
  6. ^ Roddy, Dennis B. (December 3, 2010). "Federal judicial nominee Hornak faces stiff test in Senate". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved March 22, 2011.
Legal offices Preceded byDonetta Ambrose Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 2011–present Incumbent Preceded byJoy Flowers Conti Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania 2018–present