President Donald Trump included another Third Circuit pick in his latest batch of judicial nominees Friday, a move that could further cement the flip in control from Democratic appointed judges to Republican.
The latest batch also includes a former U.S. Supreme Court clerk and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan partner, who was nominated for a spot in the Southern District of Texas.
Here’s a look at who Trump nominated Friday:
>> Peter J. Phipps, who was nominated in 2018 for his current spot as a district court judge for the Western District of Pennsylvania, was nominated for the Third Circuit on Friday. Phipps was senior trial counsel in the federal programs branch at the Justice Department’s Civil Division, and spent three years as an associate at Jones Day, where he focused on civil litigation. He got his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
In 2015, Phipps argued before the Third Circuit in National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Christie, which centered around the Garden State’s 2014 law repealing certain prohibitions on sports gambling. Arguing on behalf of the DOJ, Phipps advocated for enforcing the federal Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act, which bans states from authorizing sports betting. The appellate court eventually agreed with Phipps and struck down New Jersey’s law, finding that it violated PASPA.
The confirmation of Paul Matey in March first flipped the court to a 7-6 majority of Republican appointees.
>> Charles Eskridge III was nominated for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Eskridge focuses on complex commercial litigation at Quinn Emanuel in Houston, and earned his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law. He clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Byron White during the 1991-1992 term. One of his fellow clerks that year was David Frederick of Washington’s Kellogg, Hansen, Todd, Figel & Frederick. Eskridge also clerked for Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
In 2018, Eskridge was part of a team of Quinn Emanuel lawyers who won a $622 million arbitration award against Petrobras on behalf of client Vantage Drilling. The breach of contract case included allegations of bribery and an offshore drill ship that costs more than $500,000 per day to lease.
Before joining Quinn Emanuel, he spent over two decades at Susman Godfrey in Houston.
>> William Shaw Stickman IV was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He practices commercial litigation and appellate matters at Del Sole Cavanaugh Stroyd in Pittsburgh. He earned his J.D. at Duquesne University and served as law clerk to Chief Justice Ralph Cappy of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
>> Jennifer Philpott Wilson was nominated to serve on U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. She practices civil litigation, criminal defense and family law matters at Philpott Wilson in Duncannon, Pennsylvania. After earning her J.D. from Brooklyn Law School, Wilson served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Jon McCalla of the Western District of Tennessee and to Judge Julio Fuentes of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
>> Douglas Cole was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio. He focuses on complex litigation and intellectual property matters at Organ Cole in Columbus, Ohio. He earned his J.D. at the University of Chicago Law School and clerked for Judge Frank Easterbrook of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was a state solicitor for the Office of Ohio Attorney General from 2002-2006.
>> Kea Riggs was nominated to serve on the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico. She currently serves as a judge on New Mexico’s Fifth Judicial District. Before joining the state bench in 2014, she served as a U.S. magistrate judge for the District of New Mexico. She received her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law.