Gary Scott Feinerman (born February 19, 1965) is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Gary Scott Feinerman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Assumed office
June 29, 2010
Appointed byBarack Obama
Preceded byRobert William Gettleman
Personal details
Gary Scott Feinerman

(1965-02-19) February 19, 1965 (age 54)
Skokie, Illinois
EducationYale College (B.A.)
Stanford Law School (J.D.)

Early life and educationEdit

Born in Skokie, Illinois,[1] the son of Steven and Bette Feinerman[2][3] Feinerman earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1987 from Yale University.[1] He graduated from Stanford Law School with a Juris Doctor in 1991, where he finished second in his class[4] and was a member of Stanford Law Review and Order of the Coif.[1] From 1991 until 1992, Feinerman worked as a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit Judge Joel Flaum.[1] From 1992 until 1993, Feinerman worked as an associate in the Chicago law firm of Mayer Brown. From 1993 until 1994, Feinerman worked as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, alongside future justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.[5]

Professional careerEdit

From 1994 until 1996, Feinerman worked for the United States Department of Justice as Counsel to the Office of Policy Development and also on detail to the Office of the Counsel of the President in 1995. From 1996 until 1999, Feinerman again worked as an associate for the Chicago law firm Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw. He served as a partner at the firm from 2000 until 2003. While at Mayer Brown, Feinerman performed pro bono work for the NAACP.[4] From 2003 until 2007, Feinerman worked in the office of the Illinois Attorney General as the state's Solicitor General.[1] On Nov. 5, 2003, Feinerman argued before the U.S. Supreme Court for petitioner in Illinois v. Lidster.[6] The Court ultimately voted 6–3 for Illinois, holding that police departments may set up roadblocks to question motorists with no individual or collective suspicion of criminal activity, but rather to collect information about a recent hit-and-run accident.[7] In 2007, Feinerman joined the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin as a partner, where he worked until becoming a United States District Judge.[5]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

In 2009, Feinerman applied for a vacant federal judgeship in Chicago. In August 2009, Feinerman's name was one of seven that Senator Dick Durbin submitted to the White House. On February 24, 2010, President Obama formally nominated Feinerman for the vacancy created by Judge Robert William Gettleman, who took senior status in May 2009.[8] On April 15, 2010, the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary reported Feinerman's name to the full Senate.[9] The full Senate voted 80–0 to confirm Feinerman on June 28, 2010, and he received his commission the next day.[5]

Personal lifeEdit

He is married Elizabeth Lynn Kohl.[2] Feinerman resides in Winnetka, Illinois. He is a supporter of Umoja Student Development Corporation, a non-profit that works with Chicago Public Schools to help students succeed in college and confidently claim their future.


  1. ^ a b c d e President Obama Nominates Three for District Court Bench, (February 24, 2010).
  2. ^ a b "Elizabeth Kohl, Gary Feinerman". Chicago Tribune. November 29, 1996.
  3. ^ "Feinerman, Steven". Jewish United Fund. August 2011. Father of Gary (Beth Kohl) Feinerman and Lisa (Brad) Smith; grandfather of Bryce Balonick, Sophia Feinerman, Anna Feinerman, Lily Feinerman and Gabriella Smith; brother of Alan Feinerman. Memorials to Congregation B’nai Torah or Les Turner ALS Foundation
  4. ^ a b Steven R. Strahler, 40 Under 40: Gary S. Feinerman, Crain's Chicago Business (November 19, 2001).
  5. ^ a b c "Feinerman, Gary Scott – Federal Judicial Center".
  6. ^ 540 U.S. 419, 421 (2004).
  7. ^ 540 U.S. at 421.
  8. ^ Presidential Nominations Sent to the Senate, 2/24/10, (February 24, 2010).
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-11-04. Retrieved 2010-05-11.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Preceded by
Robert William Gettleman
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois