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Federico, Richard Edward Neel

Born 1977 in Richmond, IN

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit
Nominated by Joseph R. Biden on July 27, 2023, to a seat vacated by Mary Beck Briscoe. Confirmed by the Senate on December 11, 2023, and received commission on December 13, 2023.

Other Federal Judicial Service:
Military judge, Navy Reserve Trial Judiciary, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., 2019-2020, 2022-2023

Indiana University, B.A.J., 1999
University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2002
Georgetown University Law Center, LL.M., 2012

Professional Career:

U.S. Navy captain, JAG Corps, 2002-present; active duty, 2002-2015; select reserves, 2015-present
Trial counsel, Trial Service Office East, Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia, 2003-2005
U.S. Region Legal Service Office Europe and Southwest Asia, U.S. Naval Support Activity Naples, Italy, 2005-2008; trial counsel, 2005-2006; director, military justice, 2006-2008
Defense counsel, Office of Military Commissions, Washington, D.C., 2008-2012
Executive officer, Navy Legal Service Office Southeast, Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, 2012
Defense Service Office Southeast, Naval Station Mayport, Jacksonville, Florida, 2012-2015; senior defense counsel, 2012-2013, 2014; officer in charge, 2013, 2014-2015
Assistant federal public defender, District of Oregon, 2015-2017
Appellate defense counsel, Navy Reserve Navy-Marine Corps Appellate Review Authority, Washington Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., 2015-2019
Office of the Federal Public Defender, District of Kansas, 2017-2023; research and writing specialist, 2017-2018; assistant federal public defender, 2018-2020; senior litigator, 2020-2023
Trial counsel, Navy Reserve Region Legal Service Office Southwest, Navy Base San Diego, California, 2020-2022