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Northern KY attorney nominated for U.S. appeals court; Union resident Nalbandian awaits confirmation

By Tom Latek
Kentucky Today

A Northern Kentucky attorney has been nominated by President Donald J. Trump to serve on the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Cincinnati.


The White House announced Tuesday the naming of John B. Nalbandian, of Union, to the federal appeals court bench.

Nalbandian is a partner in the litigation practice group of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, of Cincinnati, where he has practiced since 2000. He is the firm’s lead appellate lawyer and practices complex litigation in State and Federal courts. He is board certified as a specialist in appellate law.
U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell issued a statement on the nomination.

“John’s range of experience litigating complex appellate cases in both state and federal courts has set him apart and has made him an ideal choice for this role. An accomplished lawyer, John has the earned the confidence of the legal community and has been recognized for his professional work. He will serve our Commonwealth and our nation well on the Sixth Circuit, and I look forward to the Senate confirming him.”

He has represented clients in a wide range of legal areas, including antitrust, products liability, intellectual property, environmental, employment, white collar crimes and class actions.  He also has extensive experience in administrative and international law.

Prior to joining Taft Stettinius, he practiced for five years in the appellate section of a law firm in Washington, D.C.

In 2010, after being nominated by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Senate confirmed him to serve as a board member of the State Justice Institute, a nonprofit organization established by the federal government to improve the administration of justice in state courts.

Then-Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher appointed him as a special justice to the Kentucky Supreme Court, in 2007.
He has also served on the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, as a Board Member of the Northern Kentucky Tri-County Economic Development Board of Directors, and as a Board Member of the Telecommunications Board of Northern Kentucky.

Nalbandian is involved with issues of importance to minority communities as a board member of the Greater Cincinnati Minority Counsel Program, and as a board member of the Asian-Pacific Bar Association of Southwest Ohio.

He earned his B.S., magna cum laude, from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was inducted into the Order of the Coif and served as managing editor of the Virginia Law Review.

Nalbandian’s nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

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