Charleston Lawyer Nominated for Federal Judgeship in West Virginia

Thomas S. Kleeh

President Donald Trump on Monday nominated Charleston lawyer Thomas S. Kleeh to serve as district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Kleeh said if he is ultimately confirmed by the U.S. Senate, he will assume the role held by Judge Irene Keeley in the Clarksburg division. He said Keeley moved to “senior status” last year, creating the opening.

“I am honored and humbled that President Trump would consider me qualified to serve both our state and our country in this important role,” Kleeh said when contacted Monday.

According to the Steptoe & Johnson website, Kleeh has defended, “employers in protected class litigation and claims in discrimination claims against employers based upon age, race, sex, disability, religion and national origin as well as claims of sexual and other forms of unlawful harassment.”

“Tom has been with Steptoe & Johnson since he graduated from law school almost 19 years ago. Even before that, he worked as a summer clerk for our firm. Tom is a phenomenal lawyer and a gifted courtroom attorney. The president has made a perfect choice in nominating Tom for U.S. district judge,” Steptoe CEO Susan S. Brewer said.

“Everyone at our firm will hate to say ‘goodbye’ to Tom, but we are so proud of his accomplishments. We wish Tom and his family the very best as they begin this next exciting chapter,” she added.

U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., said she recommended Kleeh to Trump for nomination.

“Tom exhibits a high level of intellect and has demonstrated fairness and adherence to the rule of law throughout his career. He will bring a vast level of experience to the bench, and I am pleased that President Trump has nominated him to serve West Virginia in the judiciary,” Capito said.

When reached Monday, an assistant in Keeley’s office said the judge did not wish to comment on the matter.