Judge Gardephe was appointed to the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York by President George W. Bush. His appointment was confirmed by the Senate on July 17, 2008, and he entered on duty on August 8, 2008. He received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in 1979, and his J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1982, where he was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and Articles Editor of the Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problems.
Following graduation from law school, Judge Gardephe served as a law clerk to the Hon. Albert. J. Engel, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and then joined Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler as a litigation associate. From 1987 to 1996, Judge Gardephe served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, Criminal Division, including as Chief Appellate Attorney (1992-95). In 1996, Judge Gardephe joined the law department of Time Inc., where he served as vice president and deputy general counsel in charge of the Company’s litigation. In 2003, Judge Gardephe became a partner at Patterson Belknap, where he eventually headed the Litigation Department. As a lawyer, Judge Gardephe tried numerous cases to a jury verdict, and also had an active appellate practice, which included many arguments in various federal circuit courts and an argument in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Between 1995 and 1997, and again between 2001 and 2003, Judge Gardephe led U.S. Department of Justice reviews of the FBI’s handling of the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen espionage cases, producing highly classified reports on each occasion which made recommendations to the Attorney General, FBI Director, and House and Senate Intelligence Committees for changes to the FBI’s counterintelligence program.
Judge Gardephe has been an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at New York Law School since 1993, teaches a class on criminal/civil parallel proceedings at Fordham Law School, and is an instructor-in-law at Columbia Law School