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Lewis Jeffrey Liman (born December 3, 1960) is an American lawyer from New York who is a nominee to be a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Lewis J. Liman
Personal details
Born (1960-12-03) December 3, 1960 (age 58)
New York City, New York, U.S.
RelationsArthur L. Liman (father)
EducationHarvard College (BA)
London School of Economics (MSc)
Yale Law School (JD)



Liman graduated from the Ethical Culture Fieldston School. He earned his Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Harvard College, his Master of Science, with distinction, from the London School of Economics, and his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Yale Law Journal and as an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law.[1]

Legal careerEdit

Upon graduation from law school he spent a brief period as an attorney at the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. He served as a law clerk to Judge Pierre N. Leval of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit during his service as a United States District Judge of the Southern District of New York. He then subsequently clerked for Justice John Paul Stevens of the Supreme Court of the United States.[1]

Before entering private practice, Liman served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, where he rose to serve as Deputy Chief of Appeals.

He currently is a partner in the New York City office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, where he has handled a wide range of civil, commercial, and white collar criminal litigation since joining the firm in 2003.[1]

Nomination to district courtEdit

In August 2017, Liman was one of several candidates pitched to New York Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand by the White House as judicial candidates for vacancies on the federal courts in New York.[2] On May 10, 2018, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Liman to serve as a United States District Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. On May 15, 2018, his nomination was sent to the Senate. He was nominated to the seat that was vacated by Judge Paul A. Crotty, who assumed senior status on August 1, 2015.[3] On August 1, 2018, a hearing on his nomination was held before the Senate Judiciary Committee. On September 13, 2018, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 17–4 vote.[4]

On January 3, 2019, his nomination was returned to the President under Rule XXXI, Paragraph 6 of the United States Senate. On April 8, 2019, President Trump announced the renomination of Liman to the district court.[5] On May 21, 2019, his nomination was sent to the Senate.[6] On June 20, 2019, his nomination was reported out of committee by a 15–7 vote.[7] His nomination is currently pending before the full United States Senate.


  1. ^ a b c "President Donald J. Trump Announces Fourteenth Wave of Judicial Nominees, Thirteenth Wave of United States Attorney Nominees, and Eighth Wave of United States Marshal Nominees" White House, May 10, 2018   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  2. ^ Tillman, Zoe (August 7, 2017). "The White House Has Pitched A Nominee For Manhattan's Powerful US Attorney Opening". BuzzFeed. Retrieved May 10, 2018.
  3. ^ "Fifteen Nominations and One Withdrawal Sent to the Senate Today" White House, May 15, 2018
  4. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – September 13, 2018 Senate Judiciary Committee
  5. ^ "President Donald J. Trump Announces Judicial Nominations", White House, April 8, 2019
  6. ^ "Twelve Nominations Sent to the Senate", The White House, May 21, 2019
  7. ^ Results of Executive Business Meeting – June 20, 2019, Senate Judiciary Committee

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