Department of Energy general counsel Gregory Woods has been nominated to be a judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, the White House announced today.
Woods, a former partner at Debevoise & Plimpton's corporate finance and Latin American practice groups between 2004 and 2009, has been at the Energy department since the Senate confirmed him to the position in April.
At Debevoise, Woods was a member of the firm's corporate practice, focused primarily on corporate finance, and advised a variety of corporations, banks and investors in domestic and cross-border mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.
In 2009, Secretary Ray LaHood selected Woods as the deputy general counsel of the Department of Transportation. Woods began his career as a trial attorney litigating fraud cases in the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recommended Woods to President Barack Obama in February. "I have said time and again that my criteria for judges is guided by legal excellence, diversity and judicial moderation, and Gregory Woods fits this description to a 'T'," Schumer said in a statement at the time he announced the recommendation.
"Gregory Woods is a proven leader with a strong legal and public-service background," Schumer said. "Mr. Woods is an accomplished attorney in the public and private sector who has a clear commitment to justice, outstanding dedication to public service, and broad experience."