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Judge Thomas M. Hardiman

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

Confirmed on March 15, 2007
  • Judge Thomas M. Hardiman was confirmed on March 15, 2007 to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, and the Virgin Islands.
  • Judge Hardiman has a distinguished record as an attorney in private practice and as a district court judge.
    • In 2003, Judge Hardiman was confirmed to the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, where he served until his elevation to the Third Circuit.
    • From 1992 to 2003, Judge Hardiman engaged in the private practice of law in Pittsburgh, and was a partner at two prominent law firms, Titus & Cindrich (later Titus & McConomy) and Reed Smith.  His practice focused on civil and white–collar criminal litigation. 
    • From 1989 to 1992, Judge Hardiman was an attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom in Washington, DC.  His practice at that time was focused on litigation, primarily contracts, securities, bankruptcy, and white-collar criminal cases.
  • While an attorney in private practice, Judge Hardiman demonstrated his commitment to pro bono activities.  He litigated a number of cases pro bono, including immigration matters, a death penalty case, and various constitutional and administrative law matters. 
  • Judge Hardiman has impeccable academic credentials and professional training.
    • Judge Hardiman, a Notre Dame Scholar, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.   
    • Judge Hardiman received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1990, where he was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal.     
  • Judge Hardiman has been an active member of his community in both legal and non-legal capacities.
    • Judge Hardiman was a hearing officer for the Disciplinary Board of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court.  He served on the Governor’s Judicial Advisory Commission for the Fifth Judicial District, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee.
    • Judge Hardiman is active in a variety of non-legal organizations, including his church, and he has served as both a Director and President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh.