Commercial Litigation Branch’s Hughes Nominated for Appeals Court
By Mary Jacoby | February 7, 2013 12:54 pm

The White House today announced the nomination of Todd M. Hughes to sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Hughes has been deputy director of the Commercial Litigation Branch in the Justice Department’s Civil Division since 2007. He joined the branch as a trial attorney in 1994. Hs government practice has focused on federal  veterans’ benefits, international trade, government contracts and jurisdictional issues regarding the United States Court of Federal Claims, according to his bio.

The Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit hears specialized appeals from around the country, including those involving patent laws and international trade disputes.

Hughes graduated from Harvard College in 1989 and earned a J.D. and an M.A. in English from Duke University in 1992.

Meanwhile, Principal Deputy Solicitor General Srikanth Srinivasan has been renominated to sit on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Srinivasan was nominated last year as well, but the Senate did not act on the nomination.

The Indian born, Kansas-raised Srinivasan holds three degrees from Stanford, including graduate degrees in law and business. He clerked for judges J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the Fourth Circuit and Justice Sandra Day O’Connor of the Supreme Court, both Republican-appointed; and has been a partner at the law firm O’Melveny & Myers LLP.

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