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Judge Robert Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia spent nearly eight years as a Venable partner focusing on white collar defense, intellectual property and civil litigation

On June 4, 2013 Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. President Obama made the announcement at a Rose Garden ceremony at the White House. 

Judge Wilkins has served on the District Court since March 2011 after he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010. Prior to his appointment, Judge Wilkins spent nearly eight years as a Venable partner focusing on white collar defense, intellectual property and complex civil litigation. From 1990 to 2002, Judge Wilkins worked for the D.C. Public Defender Service. He was recognized as one of "90 Greatest Washington Lawyers of the Last 30 years" by Legal Times, and one of the "40 under 40 most successful young litigators in America" by the National Law Journal. In addition, Washingtonian magazine named him one of the city's top criminal defense lawyers.

Multiple publications featured news of Judge Wilkins’ appointment including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Law360, Reuters, and Los Angeles Times among others.