Trump Designates Eleni M. Roumel as Chief Judge of U.S. Court of Federal Claims

WASHINGTON, DC – On October 19, President Donald J. Trump designated Greek-American Eleni M. Roumel as Chief Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims.  

Judge Roumel was appointed Judge of the United States Court of Federal Claims on February 24, 2020. She previously served as the Deputy Counsel to Vice President Mike Pence from 2018-2020. Prior to her tenure at the White House, she served from 2012-2018 as Assistant General Counsel in the U.S. House of Representatives Office of General Counsel. While serving in the House Office of General Counsel she advised and represented the U.S. House of Representatives, Members of Congress, and congressional staff in federal trial and appellate courts across the country.

Judge Roumel previously was a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP, in Charleston, South Carolina, and before that practiced at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr, LLP and Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom, LLP in New York City. She also was an adjunct professor at the Charleston School of Law, where she taught intellectual property law. Judge Roumel served as a law clerk to the Honorable William H. Pauley III, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, from 2002-2004. Judge Roumel has practiced before 26 different federal and state courts during her 20 years of law practice.

A native of Maryland, Judge Roumel received her JD, magna cum laude, in 2000 from Tulane Law School, where she graduated Order of the Coif and was an editor of the Tulane Law Review. Judge Roumel also received her MBA from Tulane University's A.B. Freeman School of Business in 2000. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University in 1996.


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