Sullivan Judge Richard Sullivan. Photo: David Handschuh/NYLJ

The U.S. Senate voted Thursday to confirm Richard Sullivan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, with 79 in favor and 16 opposed.

Sullivan was nominated to the federal appellate court by President Donald Trump in April. He ascends to the circuit from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where he’s served since 2007, after being nominated by President George W. Bush.

Sullivan’s confirmation by the Senate marks the first appellate placement to the Second Circuit by Trump, filling one of three vacancies currently faced by the court. On Wednesday, Trump announced his nominations for the two remaining slots: U.S. District Judge Joseph Bianco of the Eastern District of New York and Consovoy McCarthy Park name attorney Michael Park.

Prior to joining the federal bench, Sullivan was general counsel and managing director of Marsh Inc., an insurance brokerage and risk advisory subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan Cos. Sullivan had served for 11 years as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District, where he rose to become chief of the office’s International Narcotics Trafficking Unit. He was also director of the New York-New Jersey Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force and chief of the Narcotics Unit.

Before joining the U.S. attorney’s office, Sullivan was a litigation associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, where he focused on securities litigation, white-collar criminal defense and internal corporate investigations. Sullivan is a graduate of Yale Law School.

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