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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Skadden Tax Litigator Michael Scudder Confirmed To 7th Circuit, Succeeding Judge Posner

ScudderNational Law Journal, Skadden's Michael Scudder Confirmed to 7th Circuit, Succeeding Posner:

Michael Scudder, a litigation partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Chicago, was confirmed Monday for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Scudder, whose practice focused on tax-related matters, accounting and white-collar disputes, was the Trump administration’s nominee to replace Richard Posner, who retired. Scudder’s nomination sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee in March. The vote Monday evening was 90-0.

Scudder had been a Skadden partner since 2009, earning $3.06 million in partnership income in 2017 and $2.55 million in 2016, according to a financial disclosure released as part of the confirmation process.

Scudder is a former clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, during the 1999-2000 term, and to Fourth Circuit Judge Paul Niemeyer. Scudder was a Jones Day associate in Ohio from 2000-2002 before jumping to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

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