The Honorable Albert Diaz
United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit
Judge Albert Diaz was born in Brooklyn, New York, where he attended public schools. Following his graduation from high school in 1978, he enlisted in the Marines. Diaz attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania on a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps scholarship, and received a B.S. in economics. Following graduation, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marines. While in service, Diaz was selected to attend law school on a full military scholarship. He received his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 1988 and later earned a master of science in business administration from Boston University.
Diaz began his legal career in the Marines, serving as a prosecutor, defense counsel, and appellate government counsel. He left active duty in 1995 to join the law firm of Hunton & Williams, where he engaged in a general commercial litigation practice. Diaz remained in the Marine Reserves while in private practice, serving as an appellate defense counsel, military trial judge, and appellate military judge. He retired from the Marines in 2006 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
In 2001, Diaz was appointed to the North Carolina Superior Court. In 2002, he was appointed a special Superior Court judge and was later designated as a judge of the North Carolina Business Court. President Barack Obama nominated Diaz to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit on November 4, 2009. The American Bar Association unanimously rated him well-qualified and the Senate confirmed his appointment on December 18, 2010. Diaz received his commission from Obama on December 22, 2010.