Maryellen Noreika
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware
Assumed office
August 9, 2018
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byGregory M. Sleet
Personal details
Born (1966-07-12) July 12, 1966 (age 56)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic[1]
EducationLehigh University (BS)
Columbia University (MA)
University of Pittsburgh (JD)

Maryellen Noreika (born July 12, 1966) is a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.


Noreika earned her Bachelor of Science from Lehigh University, her Master of Arts in biology from Columbia University, and her Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as a member of the University of Pittsburgh Law Review.

She began her legal career as an associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell in Wilmington, Delaware, upon graduation from law school in 1993. During her 25 years at Morris Nichols, Noreika served as counsel in more than 500 cases, while specializing in patent law, and representing parties in cases involving biotechnology, chemistry, consumer products, computer science, medical devices, and pharmaceuticals.[2] Noreika worked at Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell until she became a judge.

Federal judicial service

On December 20, 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Noreika to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, to the seat vacated by Judge Gregory M. Sleet, who assumed senior status on May 1, 2017.[3] On February 14, 2018, a hearing on her nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee[4] On March 15, 2018, her nomination was reported out of committee by voice vote.[5] On August 1, 2018, her nomination was confirmed by voice vote.[6] She received her judicial commission on August 9, 2018. Maryellen Noreika has been considered a potential nominee for a federal judgeship in the Federal Circuit by President Joe Biden.[7]


  1. ^ Voruganti, Harsh (February 5, 2018). "Maryellen Noreika – Nominee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware". The Vetting Room. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  2. ^ " President Donald J. Trump Announces Ninth Wave of Judicial Nominees and Tenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees " White House, December 20, 2017 Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  3. ^ "Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate Today" White House, December 20, 2017
  4. ^ United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary: Nominations for February 14, 2018
  5. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – March 15, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee
  6. ^ "PN1336 — Maryellen Noreika — The Judiciary". United States Senate. December 20, 2017. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  7. ^ Kragie, Andrew (January 3, 2021). "65 Names To Watch When Biden Picks Circuit Judges - Law360". Retrieved March 26, 2021.
Legal offices Preceded byGregory M. Sleet Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware 2018–present Incumbent