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Phillip Sam Figa (July 27, 1951 – January 5, 2008) was a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado.

Phillip Sam Figa
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado
In office
October 6, 2003 – January 5, 2008
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRichard Paul Matsch
Succeeded byR. Brooke Jackson
Personal details
Phillip Sam Figa

(1951-07-27)July 27, 1951
Chicago, Illinois
DiedJanuary 5, 2008(2008-01-05) (aged 56)
Greenwood Village, Colorado
EducationNorthwestern University (B.A.)
Cornell Law School (J.D.)

Education and careerEdit

Born in Chicago, Illinois, Figa attended Northwestern University "through a scholarship caddie program at a nearby country club".[1] He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Northwestern in 1973, and a Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1976.[1] Figa was in private practice in Denver, Colorado, from 1976 to 2003.

Federal judicial serviceEdit

Figa was one of five people recommended by Senators Ben Nighthorse Campbell and Wayne Allard to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Colorado after the departure of Richard Paul Matsch, and on June 9, 2003, he was nominated by President George W. Bush for the role.[2] Figa was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 2, 2003, and received commission on October 6, 2003.

Illness and deathEdit

In March 2007, Figa was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumor.[3] He continued to serve until his death. He died on January 5, 2008, in his home in Greenwood Village, Colorado.


  1. ^ a b Michael L. O’Donnell and Julie M. Walker, "Honorable Phillip S. Figa", Faculty of Federal Advocates Newsletter (December 2003), Vol. 6, No. 4. Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  2. ^ Manny Gonzales, "Judge Figa mourned as fair role model", The Denver Post (January 7, 2008). Retrieved 2008-01-11.
  3. ^ Hector Gutierrez, "Federal Judge Figa's family receives 'bad news' about fight with brain cancer, Rocky Mountain News (March 23, 2007). Retrieved 2008-01-11.

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