60th Commissioned Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Peter J. Phipps was sworn in as a District Judge on October 23, 2018. Before assuming the bench, Judge Phipps served for fifteen years at the Federal Programs Branch in the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice. As a Senior Trial Counsel for the Department of Justice, his practice primarily involved defending federal statutes, regulations, policies, and programs against constitutional and administrative challenges. He was entrusted with handling some of the most sensitive and high-profile litigation involving the federal government in courts throughout the nation, at trial and on appeal, including briefing before the United States Supreme Court.
Earlier in his career, Judge Phipps served as a law clerk to Chief Judge R. Guy Cole, Jr. on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He also worked for three years as an associate at the Jones Day law firm in Columbus, Ohio.
Judge Phipps is a graduate of Stanford Law School (1998) and the University of Dayton (1995). He has taught Administrative Law at Duquesne University School of Law as an adjunct professor since 2014.