Mark C. Scarsi was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate to be a U.S. District Court judge based in Los Angeles after spending his legal career in private practice, focusing on civil litigation with an emphasis on intellectual property.
The Senate voted 83-12 to confirm President Donald Trump’s appointment of Scarsi to fill the vacancy created when District Judge George H. King retired in January 2017.
Scarsi has tried 28 cases, primarily in federal district courts, including in California, New York, Delaware and Texas, with clients including Fortune 100 companies.
Scarsi has been the managing partner of the Los Angeles office of the international law firm Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy since 2013. He has been a partner with the firm since 2007.
Scarsi worked at O’Melveny & Myers from 1998-2007, becoming a partner in 2003. After graduating from the Georgetown Law Center, Scarsi worked as an associate at Christie, Parker & Hale from 1994-98.
During his early career, Scarsi also volunteered as a criminal prosecutor for Redondo Beach and Hermosa Beach, trying 12 cases.
Scarsi received bachelor and master’s degrees in computer science from Syracuse University. He worked as a software engineer on defense projects before attending law school.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, voted to confirm Holcomb.
California’s other senator, Kamala Harris, was absent, meeting with emergency service personnel for an assessment of the wildfires in Fresno and attending what aides for her campaign for the vice presidency described as “a community conversation focused on the impact of COVID-19 on working families in the Latino community” in Las Vegas.
All the no votes were cast by Democrats.
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