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Damon Leichty ’94 Nominated to Federal Bench

SOUTH BEND – President Donald J. Trump has nominated Damon R. Leichty ’94 to become a federal judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Damon Leichty '94 Leichty is currently a partner at Barnes & Thornburg LLP and an adjunct professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

If confirmed, he will fill the vacancy left by the retirement of The Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr., for whom Leichty clerked earlier in his legal career. Confirmation proceedings have yet to be scheduled. 

“We are extremely proud of Damon and this extraordinary opportunity before him,” said Philip J. Faccenda, Jr., managing partner of Barnes & Thornburg’s South Bend office. “This is a distinct honor for those of us in the legal profession, and this nomination is a testament to Damon’s abilities and accomplishments as a lawyer at our firm.”

After graduating summa cum laude from Wabash College, Leichty earned his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he won the school’s Sherman Minton Moot Court competition and served as a law journal editor. He also earned a master’s degree studying literature and law at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland.

For nearly 20 years, Leichty has represented clients in complex civil litigation in more than 25 federal and state jurisdictions across the United States. He regularly counsels manufacturers on product liability, non-competition, and other contracts, and routinely advises on federal practice and procedure.