May 14, 2018: Michael B. Brennan was confirmed as a U.S. Court of Appeals Judge for the Seventh Circuit by the U.S. Senate on Thursday, May 10, 2018. Brennan, born in 1953, was previously a partner at the Milwaukee law firm Gass Weber Mullins LLC. Brennan received his bachelor of arts degree in government and philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1986, and he received his law degree from the Northwestern University School of Law in 1988. Brennan worked as a Law Clerk for Chief Judge Robert W. Warren of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin from 1989 to 1991 and also for Judge Daniel Anthony Manion of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from 1995 to 1997. From 1991 to 1995, Brennan was a litigation associate in the Milwaukee office of Foley and Lardner LLP. He later worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County. In 1999, Brennan was appointed by former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson as a Judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court. He held that position from January, 2000, to Nov. 30, 2008. Brennan returned to private practice in 2009 and he took a job as a partner at the law firm of Gass Weber Mullins, where he is a trial lawyer in the area of commercial litigation and handles appeals in federal and state courts.