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Judge David McKeague

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Confirmed June 9, 2005


Chief Judge Robert Holmes Bell, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

"He’s an excellent choice. He wants to raise the reputation of the 6th Circuit intellectually, and I think he will. He’s not a doctrinaire judge. You can’t say he’s an arch-conservative or he’s a liberal. He’s reasonably pragmatic in his approach to applying the law. He lets the law and the facts take him where they take him." GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, Nov. 9, 2001.

Lori M. Silsbury, Dykema Gossett

"When Judge McKeague has been assigned to one of our client’s cases, I am always confident that the client will receive a fair, considered review of the relevant facts and law. In my opinion, Judge McKeague does not decide cases based on political views or with a predisposition toward a plaintiff or a defendant. He meticulously works through the briefs and arguments . . . and is one of the best prepared Judges that I have had the privilege of appearing before. That dedication to the law is but one demonstration of his professionalism and commitment to deliver justice to all that appear before him." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Sept. 26, 2003.

Webb A. Smith, Foster, Swift, Collins & Smith

"Throughout the 31 years, I have known Judge McKeague to be honest, professional and fair. He demands high standards of performance from those who appear in his Court, without regard to the client one represents or the philosophy one espouses. At the same time, he blends wisdom and reality when making his rulings. He treats all litigants and litigators with courtesy and respect. His rulings are well reasoned with due regard for precedent and the law provided by the Legislative Branch of government." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Oct. 6, 2003.

Frank Harrison Reynolds, The Reynolds Law Firm

"I am a practicing criminal defense attorney and have been for the majority of my career as an attorney. As I represent clients in the judicial system, I look for fairness, decisiveness, clear legal reasoning and good judicial temperament from the bench. I have been able to observe these qualities in Judge McKeague during jury trials as well as during motions and arguments over the years since his appointment as an Article III District Court Judge." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Oct. 8, 2003.

John W. Allen, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, & Howlett

"I have practiced law in Michigan and in the Sixth Circuit for over thirty years and have known David McKeague all of that time. He is a person of unquestioned honor and integrity. By his example, all the rest of us may set our compasses, in both our professional and personal lives. . . . Most importantly, Judge McKeague’s judgments are sound, impartial, and prompt. He has consistently demonstrated that he is a hard worker, and a very productive member of the federal judiciary. The United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit needs judges like David McKeague." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Oct. 14, 2003.

James S. Brady, Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey

"I have been a practicing lawyer in the Federal and State Courts for 34 years. In 1977, President Jimmy Carter appointed me United States Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. . . . Judge McKeague would make an outstanding appellate judge. He would bring to the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit the experience of a successful practitioner and trial judge. A judge that knows the law, the demands of the trial bench, the competence and professionalism required of the lawyers appearing before him and a passion for justice. In my opinion, Judge McKeague has all the necessary components to be a successful appellate judge." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Oct. 15, 2003.

Richard A. Kay, Varnum, Riddering, Schmidt, & Howlett

"By way of background, I have been in practice for 30 years in the Western District of Michigan. . . . Based on my trial experience before Judge McKeague in complex litigation, I found him to be a skilled jurist with the very highest of legal skills. His understanding and application of the law has been superior. His ability to distill complicated matters to their core issues is likewise excellent." Excerpt from letter to Chairman Hatch, Oct. 15, 2003.

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