Judge Amul Thapar was the first South Asian Article III judge. Prior to his confirmation, Judge Thapar served as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky. While a U.S. Attorney, Judge Thapar was appointed to the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (“AGAC”) and chaired the AGAC’s Controlled Substances and Asset Forfeiture subcommittee. He also served on the Terrorism and National Security subcommittee, the Violent Crime subcommittee, and Child Exploitation working group. Before his appointment as U.S. Attorney, Judge Thapar worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Ohio and in the District of Columbia.
Judge Thapar has also worked for the law firms of Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C., and Squire Sanders & Dempsey in Cincinnati, Ohio. Between 1994 and 1997, he served as a law clerk to Judge S. Arthur Spiegel on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio and for Judge Nathaniel R. Jones on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.