Northern Ky. attorney confirmed for federal appeals court


A northern Kentucky attorney has won confirmation by the US Senate to the federal appeals court bench.


John Nalbandian, 49, a resident of Union and partner in the Cincinnati law firm of Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, will serve on the Cincinnati-based 6th US Circuit Court of Appeals, which handles appeals cases from Kentucky, Ohio, Tennessee and Michigan.

During remarks on the Senate floor Tuesday, US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told his colleagues, “Mr. Nalbandian has earned praise from across the political spectrum as a top appellate advocate. He’s known for his fairness, collegiality, and legal ability.”

The Louisville Republican added, “John Nalbandian has the impressive credentials, the preparation, the broad support - every indication that he’ll be a worthy and capable judge.”

According to his biography, Nalbandian is a 1994 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Virginia Law Review. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School in 1991.

After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. After that clerkship, Nalbandian worked for a law firm in Washington, D.C., where he focused on appellate practice. 

He has been with Taft, Stettinius and Hollister since 2000, concentrating on appellate and general litigation in state and federal courts. He has represented clients in a wide range of legal areas, including antitrust, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, employment, white collar crime and class actions. He also has extensive experience in administrative and international law.

In 2007, then-Governor Ernie Fletcher appointed Nalbandian as a Special Justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court.  He has also served on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, as a Board Member of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Board of Directors, and as a Board Member of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky.


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