Yuri Mikulka, partner in Alston & Bird’s Intellectual Property Litigation Group, has been appointed to serve on the American Bar Association’s (ABA) 19-member Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary for a three-year term beginning August 2020.
Mikulka will serve as representative of the Ninth Circuit, which comprises Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, and Washington State. Appointment to the committee is based on a lawyer’s possession of the highest professional stature and integrity, and members have varied professional experiences and backgrounds.
For more than 60 years, the Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary has carried out an important role by providing evaluation of the professional qualifications of the President’s nominees to the U.S. Supreme Court, circuit courts of appeals, district courts (including territorial district courts), and the Court of International Trade. The committee’s objective is to provide impartial peer-review evaluations of the professional qualifications of prospective judicial nominees in order to assist the White House in assessing whether such individuals should be nominated to the federal judiciary. The committee submits its final rating to the White House, Senate Judiciary Committee, and U.S. Department of Justice to assist in the confirmation process. The committee’s performance of its historic role in the evaluation process helps ensure that the most qualified persons serve on the federal judiciary.
In addition to serving on the Standing Committee, Mikulka serves as treasurer of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and division director of the ABA Section of Litigation.
Mikulka focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation for clients around the world. She has been named one of California’s top intellectual property attorneys by the Daily Journal, which also recognized her this year with a “Top Verdicts” honor for defense judgment of a federal trade secret misappropriation action. Additionally, she was recognized as one of the “Most Influential People” in Los Angeles by the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2019 and 2020.