Portman Praises Senate Confirmation of Ryan T. Holte as Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims

June 10, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on the confirmation of Akron-native Ryan T. Holte as Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims:

“Ryan Holte has the experience and temperament necessary to make an outstanding judge. Throughout the nomination process I’ve been impressed with Ryan’s demeanor, credentials and earnest desire to serve his country. I’m confident that Ryan will make a terrific judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.”

NOTE: Last year, Portman sent a letter of support to the then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ranking Minority Member Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) advocating for Senate confirmation of Holte as Judge on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Holte currently serves as the David L. Brennan Associate Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology at the University of Akron School of Law. Previously, he practiced as a litigation attorney at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and as an associate at the Jones Day law firm and at Finnegan, an international intellectual property law firm.  Holte clerked for Judge Loren A. Smith on the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and for Judge Stanley F. Birch, Jr., on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Holte earned his law degree from the University of Davis School of law, where he served as staff editor of the U.C. Davis Business Law Journal.  He earned his bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in engineering at the California Maritime Academy, where he was a First Class graduate of the California Maritime Academy Corps of Cadets Third Engineering Division. 

Congress created the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 1982 pursuant to Article I of the U.S. Constitution.  It is a direct successor to the U.S. Court of Claims, established in 1855.  The court consists of 16 judges who are nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate for 15 year terms.  The court has jurisdiction to hear cases involving citizens’ monetary claims against the United States federal government.  It also may hear a variety of specialized claims against the government, including contract claims, bid protests, military and civilian pay claims, vaccine injury cases, and patent and copyright claims.