August 8, 2017: Patrick J. Urda was nominated as a U.S. Tax Court Judge on Thursday, August 3, 2017. Urda is currently a Counsel to the Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, where he advises the Deputy Assistant Attorney General and the Tax Division front office on legal and administrative issues facing the Division, particularly regarding appellate and settlement matters. In addition to working as the Counsel, Urda is a member of the Tax Division’s Appellate Section, which he joined in 2006. During his time at the Appellate Section, he has litigated more than eighty appeals from the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. District Courts, and he has presented oral argument on behalf of the United States in more than forty-five appeals, including arguments in each of the United States Courts of Appeals. Urda received his law degree from the Harvard Law School.