Howard T. Markey National Courts Building/U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. (Photo by Diego M. Radzinschi/LEGAL TIMES)
President Barack Obama nominated three lawyers to the U.S. Court of Federal Claims on Thursday, including a partner at Fish & Richardson in Delaware and a Senate Judiciary Committee counsel for privacy and information policy.
Obama picked Thomas Halkowski, a partner in the Wilmington office of Fish & Richardson, where he primarily handles federal patent litigation. Halkowski, a Fish & Richardson partner since 2000, previously served as a trial attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice for eight years.
Obama also nominated Lydia Griggsby, who now provides legal and policy advice to the Senate Judiciary Committee on legislation related to privacy, technology and civil liberties. Griggsby previously worked as an assistant U.S. attorney in Washington from 1998 to 2004.
Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., the committee chairman, said in a statement that Griggsby led the committee’s work to update the Electronic Communications Privacy Act in 2013, and was also instrumental to the passage of two reauthorizations of the Freedom of Information Act.
Obama also nominated Nancy Firestone to serve another 15-year term on the Federal Claims court. Firestone has been a judge on the court since 1998.
The Court of Federal Claims hears primarily money claims against the United States, including tax refund suits, government contracts, civilian and military pay claims, and Fifth Amendment takings cases raising environmental and natural resources issues.