President Barack Obama yesterday nominated John Gibney Jr., a partner with ThompsonMcMullan in Richmond, Va., for a seat on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Gibney, who declined to comment on his nomination, joined his 29-lawyer firm in 2003 following a 16-year stint as a name partner with Richmond’s Shuford Rubin & Gibney. According to his firm bio, he represents clients in a wide variety of matters, including employment disputes, constitutional issues, zoning and land use, and local government law. He regularly counsels local governments, and has worked on more than 70 cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.
A graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, Gibney clerked for two years with Justice Harry Carrico of the Supreme Court of Virginia. From 1982 to 1984, Gibney served as a state assistant attorney general.
Virginia’s two Democratic senators, Mark Warner and Jim Webb, issued a joint statement applauding the nomination.
“Senator Warner and I recommended Mr. Gibney because of his exceptional legal qualifications,” Webb said in the statement. “He is an outstanding choice for the Eastern District, with more than 30 years of legal experience in the Commonwealth and the respect of esteemed members of the legal community. He conveys the humility, honesty and temperament that one hopes to find in federal judges.”