Meet James L. Santelle
By Stephanie Woodrow | December 9, 2009 5:46 pm

James L. Santelle (Wisconsin Law Journal).

James L. Santelle (Wisconsin Law Journal).

James L. Santelle (Marquette University, The University of Chicago Law School) is nominated to replace Steven Biskupic as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Biskupic served from 2002 to January 2009, when he resigned to join the Milwaukee law firm of Michael Best & Friedrich as a litigator.

Santelle’s vitals:

  • Born in Milwaukee, Wis., in 1958.
  • Has been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the district since June 1985. Simultaneously served as chief of the office’s civil division from October 1993 to January 1999, was interim U.S. Attorney from April 2001 to April 2002, and Executive Assistant United States Attorney from May 2002 to November 2003 and has been senior litigation counsel since April 2001.
  • Served as rule of law coordinator, justice attache and resident legal adviser at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad.
  • Was the principal deputy director at the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys at Justice Department headquarters from January 1999 to April 2001.
  • Clerked for the Hon. Robert W. Warren in the district from June 1983 to June 1985.
  • Was a summer law clerk for Donovan Leisure Newton & Irvine in New York in 1982.
  • Worked as a law clerk for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago in the summer of 1981 and from the fall of 1982 to spring 1983.
  • Interned on the White House domestic policy staff in the summer of 1980.
  • Was a summer intern for Rep. Clement J. Zablocki (D-Wis.) in 1977 and 1978.
  • Has tried approximately 20 criminal cases to jury verdict and approximately 10 civil cases to court judgment. Served as sole counsel on the great majority of these cases.

Click here for his full Senate Judiciary Committee questionnaire.

UPDATE: On his Senate Judiciary financial disclosure Santelle reported assets of $858,00 (mostly from his personal residence valued at $400,000). However, Santelle has liabilities of $184,000 in the form of secured notes payable to banks and $20,000 in accounts and bills due. In total, Santelle has liabilities of $204,000, resulting in a net worth of $858,000.

On his Office of Government Ethics disclosure he reported receiving $55,205 from the revocable trust of James N. Santelle.


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