Christopher “Casey” Cooper. (Photo: Diego M. Radzinschi/NLJ.)
The U.S. Senate on Wednesday unanimously confirmed Covington & Burling partner Christopher “Casey” Cooper to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The bipartisan vote places President Obama’s seventh nominee on the federal trial court in Washington. There are three other existing or upcoming vacancies on the court: two seats are vacant, and one is expected to open up in June when Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle takes senior status. One nominee, Boies, Schiller & Flexner partner Tanya Chutkan, is already moving through the Senate.
A Covington lawyer since 2012, Cooper worked in the firm’s London office and focused on global anti-corruption matters. He was not immediately available for comment. He’ll fill the seat vacated when former Chief Judge Royce Lamberth took senior status in July.
Before joining Covington, Cooper spent the bulk of his career at Baker Botts. From 1996 to 2001, he was an associate at Miller, Cassidy, Larroca & Lewin, which merged with Baker Botts in 2001. He became a partner at Baker Botts in 2001.
In 2008, he served on Obama’s transition team, advising on Justice Department issues.
Cooper started his career at the Justice Department, serving as special assistant to the deputy attorney general from 1994 to 1996. After earning his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1993, he clerked for Judge Abner Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
As has been the case for other nominees in recent months, the Senate split mostly along party lines (56-43) on whether to move forward Wednesday with a vote on Casey’s nomination. He was confirmed 100-0.
Timothy Hester, chairman of Covington’s management committee, said in a statement that Cooper “will be an outstanding judge, given his keen intellect, sound judgment, and commitment to justice.”