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Hon. Nancy Rosenstengel

USDC Southern District of Illinois

Nancy Jo Rosenstengel (born April 15, 1968) is the Chief United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and former clerk of court of the same court.

Education and Career

Rosenstengel received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She received a Juris Doctor, cum laude, in 1993 from the Southern Illinois University School of Law.

She was an associate at the law firm of Sandberg, Phoenix & von Gontard from 1993 to 1998, where her practice primarily involved products liability, medical malpractice and Jones Act litigation. From 1998 to 2009, she served as a career law clerk to Judge G. Patrick Murphy of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. From 2009 to 2014, she served as Clerk of Court in the same district.

Federal Judicial Service

On November 7, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Rosenstengel to serve as a United States district judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois, to the seat that was vacated by Judge G. Patrick Murphy. She received her judicial commission on May 12, 2014. She became chief judge on April 1, 2019, after Michael Joseph Reagan retired.

Notable Cases

  • 2021, presiding over MDL cases linking herbicide Paraquat, owned by Syngenta and Chevron, to parkinson’s disease. Currently pending.