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Rossiter, Robert F., Jr.

Born July 16, 1956, at Camp Le Jeune, NC

Federal Judicial Service

Chief Judge, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska

Nominated by President Barack Obama on June 11, 2015, to seat vacated by Hon. Joseph F. Bataillon. Confirmed by the Senate on June 27, 2016, by a vote of 90-0. Received commission on June 29, 2016. Sworn in July 1, 2016. Serving as Chief Judge, July 2021 to present.


Purdue University, B.S., Management, 1978

Creighton University School of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1981

Professional Career

Judicial Law Clerk, Hon. Albert G. Schatz (1981-82); Hon. C. Arlen Beam, U.S. District Court, District of Nebraska (1982-1983)

Creighton University School of Law, Adjunct Faculty (1999-2014)

Private practice, Fraser Stryker PC LLO, Omaha, Nebraska (1983-2016)


Nebraska State Bar Association, 1981-present (President-Elect, 2014-2015 (did not assume Presidency)); Executive Council, 2001-2002; 2013-2015; 2016-2017; House of Delegates, Elected Member, 1990-present; Chair, House of Delegates 2001-2002; and served on various other committees and task forces.

Omaha Bar Association

The Association of the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (Board of Directors, 2003-2007)

Creighton University School of Law (Charter Member, Alumni Advisory Board)

Robert M. Spire American Inns of Court (Judicial Leader 2016-2024; Counselor 2024 to present)

Federal Judges Association (Board Member 2023 to present)

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (State Chair (2012-2014)

Fellow, The College of Labor and Employment Lawyers

Executive Editor, Creighton Law Review (1980-1981)

Alpha Sigma Nu National Jesuit Honor Society