JNC Announces Three Candidates for Superior Court Vacancy

August 1, 2014

The District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission has recommended Philip Christopher Andonian, Robert Alan Salerno, and Darlene Michele Soltys to fill the vacancy on the Superior Court of the District of Columbia created by the retirement of Judge Robert I. Richter.

The names have been forwarded to President Obama, who has 60 days to fill the vacancy.

Andonian is counsel at Bredhoff & Kaiser, P.L.L.C., focusing his practice on litigation on behalf of labor unions and their members, as well as white collar criminal defense and grand jury representation. He also serves as an adjunct professor at American University Washington College of Law. Previously, Andonian was a staff attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. Andonian is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his law degree from Santa Clara University.

Salerno is a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP, where he represents corporations and individual clients in federal criminal investigations and related proceedings. He also serves as the firm’s pro bono partner. Prior to joining Morrison, Salerno was a partner at DLA Piper US LLP. He earned his degrees from Brown University and the University of Virginia School of Law.

Soltys is a senior attorney in the Violent Crime and Narcotic Trafficking Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. She was previously an assistant states’ attorney for Prince George’s County, Maryland. Soltys graduated from the University of Maryland and earned her law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center.

Questions concerning the D.C. Judicial Nomination Commission should be directed to the executive director at 202-879-0478 or

Read the full biographies of the candidates.