“Jeremy Kernodle is a top litigator and will bring a tremendous record of experience and professionalism to the Eastern District of Texas,” said Sen. John Cornyn, (R-Texas) in a statement announcing Kernodle’s confirmation to a seat on the federal bench. “I thank my colleagues for their support of his confirmation, and I look forward to getting him seated on the Court as quickly as possible.”
“I was proud to recommend Jeremy Kernodle to President Trump to be a U.S. District Court judge for the Eastern District of Texas,” Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said. “I am glad the Senate voted today to confirm Jeremy and I am confident he will serve the people of East Texas well as a principled judge on the federal bench.”
Both senators recommended Kernodle to President Trump following an extensive review and interview process of the candidate pool by the bipartisan Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, a bipartisan panel of leading attorneys in Texas they established to help identify the most qualified candidates to fill judicial vacancies.
Kernodle previously served as a partner at Haynes and Boone, where he founded and chaired the firm’s False Claims Act practice group and focuses on representing healthcare providers and government contractors in federal courts throughout the country. He also served on the firm’s executive committee.
Kernodle is a past president of the Dallas Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and has served as secretary of the Dallas Bar Association’s Appellate Section.
Before joining Haynes and Boone, Kernodle was an attorney-advisor in the Office of Legal Counsel at the U.S. Department of Justice.
After earning his law degree at Vanderbilt in 2001, Kernodle was a law clerk for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then joined Covington and Burling in Washington, D.C., as an associate.
He earned his B.A. and B.B.A., both summa cum laude, from Harding University.
His nomination was announced by the White House Jan. 23, 2018.