13 November 2007
13 November 2007 - Robert M. Dow, Jr., a lawyer with Mayer Brown's Chicago office since 1995, today received unanimous confirmation by the Senate as a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois. Dow expects to be sworn in this year. His name was submitted to President Bush for consideration by Congressman Dennis Hastert, who consulted with Senators Dick Durbin and Barack Obama.
Senator Durbin commented, "Robert Dow is a highly respected lawyer with a reputation for intelligence and fairness. He will bring to the bench an excellent temperament and a great amount of legal ability."
Mayer Brown Chairman James D. Holzhauer said, "We at Mayer Brown are delighted that the Senate has unanimously confirmed Bob Dow's appointment to the federal bench. His keen intellect, sound judgment and unimpeachable integrity make him ideally qualified for his new responsibilities. He will be an outstanding jurist. Bob will be greatly missed by our clients and by his partners and co-workers at Mayer Brown. We offer him our heartfelt congratulations."
Earlier this year, Dow was recognized as one of the 21 leading lawyers in the U.S. in the field of telecommunications, broadcast and satellite law. He has been listed the past two years as an Illinois Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers magazine in the field of appellate law, and he has been listed by Best Lawyers in America in the field of communications law. He has also been honored for his commitment to pro bono legal work and received the pro bono lawyer of the year award from Mayer Brown in 2004.
Dow, a partner since 2002, has focused on telecommunications matters in the litigation practice and also has been a member of the firm's Supreme Court and appellate practice group. The scope of Dow's work has reached beyond telecommunications to include state and federal constitutional law, jurisdiction, civil procedure, preemption, mass tort and products liability, admissibility of expert testimony and class actions.
Dow's appellate practice has included many cases outside of the toxic tort, products liability and telecommunications areas.
Prior to joining Mayer Brown, Dow received a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1993 and served as a law clerk to Judge Joel Flaum on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He was Supervising Editor of the Harvard Journal on Legislation and served on the Editorial Board of the Harvard Human Rights Journal. Dow also received D. Phil. and M. Phil. degrees in International Relations from the University of Oxford and a B.A., summa cum laude with distinction from Yale University. He was a Rhodes Scholar.