Bass, Berry & Sims PLC is pleased to announce that President Trump has nominated Bass, Berry & Sims member Eli J. Richardson to serve as federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.
Richardson joined Bass, Berry & Sims in 2010 and advises clients in response to government investigations involving alleged white-collar crime or criminal civil violations. Immediately prior to joining Bass, Berry & Sims, Richardson served 19 months overseas as DOJ's Resident Legal Advisor to Serbia, providing training, advice and case-specific assistance to Serbian judges, police and prosecutors. From 2004 to 2009, Richardson was an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Tennessee, where in addition to prosecuting cases he served as Anti-terrorism Coordinator, head of the Terrorism and Official Corruption Unit, and finally Criminal Chief. From 2002 to 2004, Richardson served as an AUSA in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Jersey, investigating and prosecuting a wide variety of cases. Prior to that, he spent four years as an FBI Special Agent, working first on public-corruption investigations, and then on counterterrorism matters as the FBI's regional Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator.
"Eli is a distinguished attorney and will be an excellent addition to the judiciary. Eli has been an invaluable resource to our clients and our firm during his time with Bass, Berry & Sims. His experience as a lawyer combined with his years of experience on the government side working with the DOJ, the U.S. Attorney's Office and FBI will provide an informed and balanced background for this judicial role. We are extremely proud of Eli and offer our complete support in this nomination," said Todd Rolapp, Bass, Berry & Sims managing partner.
This announcement was published in several media outlets, including:
- "President Donald J. Trump Announces Fifth Wave of Judicial Candidates," White House Press Release (July 13, 2017)
- "Trump Nominates Two to Nashville Federal Court," Nashville Post (July 13, 2017)
- "Alston, Ogletree Attys Among Latest Trump Judge Picks," Law360 (July 13, 2017)
- "Trump Taps Tennessee Senate Leader, 3 More to Judgeships," The Washington Times (July 13, 2017)
- "Trump Taps Tennessee Senate Leader, 3 More to Judgeships," U.S. News & World Report (July 13, 2017)