DC Superior Court Names New Clerk of Court

By District of Columbia Bar

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James D. McGinley has been appointed as Clerk of the Superior Court by Chief Judge Lee Satterfield and DC Courts Executive Officer Anne Wicks. His appointment will be effective June 8, 2015. 

As Court Clerk, McGinley will oversee all Superior Court operations, including Civil, Criminal, Domestic Violence, Family Court, Multi-Door Dispute Resolution (Mediation), Probate, Special Operations (including Interpreter Services and the Jurors’ Office) and Tax Divisions, as well as the Crime Victims Compensation Program.

McGinley has a combination of senior leadership experience as both a seasoned litigator and a career military officer.  Formerly a partner in the civil litigation firm of Hiepler & Hiepler, McGinley also served as a Pro Tem Judge for the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Ventura. He has extensive experience in complex civil litigation, international negotiation, enterprise-wide leadership, and the management of multi-agency projects.  

In 2013, Colonel McGinley--a veteran with three combat tours--retired after a 30-year career as a naval aviator in the United States Marine Corps. Additionally, he served as the Director of the al Anbar Provincial Joint Coordination Center, and the Deputy Commander of both the Iraq Assistance Group and Expeditionary Strike Group Five. 

During his career, he led service members from diverse backgrounds, trained Iraqis at the highest level of government, and served in the Pentagon on the Joint Staff. McGinley's combat decorations include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star.

On top of his decorated military background, McGinley is a dynamic speaker. He has been featuredat several conferences, including the Society of Chief Medical Examiners, the Nevada Trial Lawyers Annual Meeting, and was the chairman and keynote speaker at the Mealey’s HMO Liability conference in Phoenix, Arizona. 

McGinley’s trial work fighting bad faith insurance practices has been highlighted in a Time magazine cover story and a lead story on 60 Minutes

As a published legal author, McGinley was the California Survey Editor of the Pepperdine Law Review and a Peer Reviewer of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy.

McGinley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (International Relations) from California State University, Long Beach; a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California; and a Master of Laws in National Security Law and a Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.