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John Baylor Nalbandian (born March 15, 1969) is a United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He was previously a partner in the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister.

John B. Nalbandian
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
Assumed office
May 17, 2018
Appointed byDonald Trump
Preceded byJohn M. Rogers
Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute
Assumed office
June 2010
PresidentBarack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded byKeith McNamara
Personal details
Born (1969-03-15) March 15, 1969 (age 50)
Fort Ord, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceUnion, Kentucky
EducationUniversity of Pennsylvania (BS)
University of Virginia (JD)



Nalbandian received his Bachelor of Science from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law with the Order of the Coif honor.

At the start of his legal career Nalbandian served as a law clerk to Judge Jerry Edwin Smith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then went on to be an associate at Jones Day, where he practiced for five years. In 2000, he joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister and eventually became a partner, where he continued to work until becoming a judge.[1]

Nalbandian was appointed by Governor of Kentucky Ernie Fletcher to serve as a Special Justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court in 2007. In 2010, he was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate to be a board member of the State Justice Institute.[2] He was a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.[3] He has been a member of the Federalist Society since 1991.[4]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On January 23, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Nalbandian to an undetermined seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.[3] On January 24, 2018, his nomination was sent to the United States Senate. He was nominated to the seat being vacated by Judge John M. Rogers, who previously declared his intention to take senior status on a date to be determined.[5] On March 7, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee.[6] On April 19, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by an 11–10 vote.[7] On May 11, 2018 the Senate agreed to invoke cloture on the nomination by a vote of 52–43.[8] On May 15, 2018 his nomination was confirmed by a vote of 53–45.[9] He received his commission on May 17, 2018.

Personal lifeEdit

Nalbandian's mother was born in a Japanese American internment camp during World War II.[10]


  1. ^ "John B. Nalbandian | The National Law Review". The National Law Review. October 4, 2010. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "State Justice Institute". Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "President Donald J. Trump Announces Tenth Wave of Judicial Nominees" White House, January 23, 2018   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ "Questionnaire for Judicial Nominees" (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  5. ^ "Eight Nominations Sent to the Senate Today".
  6. ^ "Nominations – United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary".
  7. ^ "Results of Executive Business Meeting – April 19, 2018, Senate Judiciary Committee" (PDF).
  8. ^ U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 115th Congress – 2nd Session United States Senate Vote Summary: Vote Number 91, United States Senate, May 10, 2018
  9. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation John B. Nalbandian, of Kentucky, to be U.S. Circuit Judge for the Sixth Circuit)". United States Senate. May 15, 2018. Retrieved May 15, 2018.
  10. ^ "Assistant Attorney General Beth Williams Delivers Remarks on Judicial Nominations to American Academy of Appellate Lawyers' 2018 Spring Meeting". United States Department of Justice. April 14, 2018. Retrieved April 16, 2018.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Keith McNamara
Member of the Board of Directors of the State Justice Institute
Legal offices
Preceded by
John M. Rogers
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit