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Richard Gergel
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
Incumbent
Assumed office
August 9, 2010
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Henry Herlong
Personal details
Born (1954-08-14) August 14, 1954 (age 60)
Columbia, South Carolina, U.S.
Spouse(s) Belinda Gergel
Alma mater Duke University

Richard Mark Gergel (born August 14, 1954) is a South Carolina lawyer and federal judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.

Early life and education[edit]

Born in Columbia, South Carolina, Gergel earned a B.A. from Duke University in 1975 and a law degree from Duke University School of Law in 1979.[1][2]

Professional career[edit]

From 1979 until 1980, Gergel served as a law clerk for a law firm in Columbia, South Carolina, and he was a partner with the firm from 1981 until 1982. Beginning in 1983, Gergel and continuing until his nomination to the district court, he was the president and partner with his own law firm (most recently known as Gergel, Nickles and Solomon) in Columbia. He has specialized in personal injury law.

Nomination to the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina[edit]

On December 22, 2009, President Obama nominated Gergel to serve on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, to fill the seat vacated by Judge Henry Michael Herlong, Jr., who assumed senior status on June 1, 2009.[1][3][4] In his questionnaire to the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary, Gergel wrote that South Carolina Democratic Congressmen John M. Spratt, Jr. and Jim Clyburn both previously had recommended Gergel to Obama as a district court nominee, and that South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham also supported the nomination. Gergel had a hearing before the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on April 16, 2010. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on August 5, 2010,[5] and received commission on August 9, 2010.

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Preceded by
Henry Herlong
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina
2010–present
Incumbent
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