Judge Kathleen O’Malley
KATHLEEN M. O’MALLEY was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Obama in 2010. Prior to her elevation to the Federal Circuit, Judge O’Malley was appointed to the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio by President Clinton in 1994. Prior to her appointment to the bench, Judge O’Malley served as First Assistant Attorney General, Chief of Staff, and Chief Counsel to the Attorney General for the State of Ohio, Lee Fisher. Judge O’Malley was also in private practice with Jones Day and Porter, Wright, Morris & Arthur, practicing complex litigation. Judge O’Malley began her legal career as a law clerk to the Hon. Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
She received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1982, summa cum laude and Order of the Coif, her A.B. from Kenyon College in 1979, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, and also received an honorary LL.D. from Kenyon in 1995. Among other awards for her service on the bench, Judge O’Malley has been awarded the Sedona Conference Lifetime Achievement Award, the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association Jefferson Medal, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association Outstanding Public Service Award, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association’s 2020 Distinguished IP Professional Award, and was named to the Globe Business Media Group’s IP Hall of Fame. Judge O’Malley is a member of four American Inns of Court chapters, including the Kathleen M. O’Malley Inn of Court in Cleveland, Ohio, named in her honor.