Tiffany Cunningham

Nominated for a Lifetime Position to:
US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Nomination Status:

Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing: TBD (Read NCJW’s letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee Supporting her Nomination

Senate Judiciary Committee Markup: May 26, 2021

Fair? Yes
Independent? Yes
Qualified? Yes

NCJW Supports Tiffany Cunningham. Here’s why: 

Tiffany Cunningham is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark office with over 20 years of experience in patent and intellectual property law. She also holds a BS in Chemical Engineering in addition to a law degree. Cunningham would bring a critical perspective as a trained engineer to a court that deals with issues of technology, science, and medicine. Her confirmation would make her the first Black woman to sit on the Federal Circuit — significant to both diversifying the federal bench and recognizing the accomplishments of women in science industries. 

Tiffany Cunningham’s education and experience:

Experience: Tiffany Cunningham is a registered patent attorney before the US Patent and Trademark office with over 20 years of experience in patent and intellectual property law. She has litigated everything from trade secrets in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries to consumer products cases to technology such as computer network security and online streaming platforms. She is currently a partner at Perkins Coie LLP, and was previously a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. 

Education and Clerkships: Tiffany Cunningham earned her JD from Harvard Law, and holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. After law school, she clerked for Judge Timothy B. Dyk on the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 

Judicial Temperament: Cunningham’s former colleagues describe her as, “a superb choice,” and noted that she, “brings to the bench stellar credentials, decades of broad-ranging and relevant litigation experience, and much-needed diversity.” Christopher Liro, a partner at Andrus Intellectual Property Law who worked with Cunningham for about a decade at Kirkland & Ellis, praised her legal skills. “She had a thorough understanding of the law and also the intelligence to understand the facts of cases that were presented to her,” Liro said. “Both of those things will serve her well as a judge.” 

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Because #CourtsMatter, NCJW believes all federal judges must be:

Fair

Do they respect equality and justice for all and understand the impact of the law on everyone?

Independent

Are they impartial, nonpartisan, and not influenced by outside parties or interests?

Qualified

Have they been objectively assessed for their experience, competence, principles, and temperament?

I want federal judges who are fair, independent, and qualified.