Judge Jerome A. Holmes was confirmed on July 25, 2006, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, which hears appeals from the federal district courts of Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming.
Judge Holmes has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in the public and private sectors and has extensive experience in the fields of criminal law and federal litigation.
From 2005 until taking the bench, Judge Holmes has worked as a director for one of Oklahomas largest and oldest law firms, the highly respected firm of Crowe & Dunlevy.
From 1995 to 2005, Judge Holmes served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Oklahoma focusing on violent crime and political corruption. Judge Holmes worked on the prosecution team for the Oklahoma City bombing that secured the convictions of Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols. In the aftermath of the 9/11 tragedy, he served 2 ½ years as Anti-Terrorism Coordinator in the Western District of Oklahoma, coordinating the federal, state and local initiatives in the highly sensitive areas of domestic and international terrorism.
From 1991 to 1994, Judge Holmes gained experience in civil and commercial litigation while working at the Washington, D.C., office of the nationally respected firm of Steptoe & Johnson.
Judge Holmes has excellent academic credentials and professional training.
From 1988 to 1991, Judge Holmes worked as a federal law clerk: first, for the Honorable Wayne E. Alley of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma and then for the Honorable William J. Holloway, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
He graduated from Wake Forest University in 1983. In 1988, he received his Juris Doctor degree from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2000 he also received a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University.
Throughout his work in both the public and private sectors, Judge Holmes has been dedicated to improving the practice of law with his active participation in numerous federal, state and local bar activities and while serving in many other community organizations