Engelmayer is the second person confirmed in the past eight days for U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, after a July 18 vote to confirm J. Paul Oetken. Five other Obama nominees for the high-profile court are pending, and three of them are scheduled to have their confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
The vote for Engelmayer was 98-0.
Engelmayer, 50, has headed Wilmer’s New York office since 2005, and he’s been a partner there since 2000. He was previously chief of the major crimes unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District, where in one of his cases he prosecuted three people for attempting to extort $40 million from the actor Bill Cosby.
He also has ties to Washington. He spent two years as an assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, and he’s a former clerk to the late Justice Thurgood Marshall and to retired Judge Patricia Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
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