On May 20, 2010, a White House press release announced President Barack Obama's nomination of Venable litigation partner Robert Wilkins to a seat on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Wilkins was nominated along with Judge Anthony Joseph Battaglia and Judge Edward J. Davila. The nominations were mentioned in The Blog of Legal Times.
Wilkins has been recognized as one of "90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years" by Legal Times, and as one of "40 under 40 most successful young litigators in America" by the National Law Journal. In addition, Washingtonian magazine also named him one of the city's top criminal defense lawyers.