Press Release

May 2, 2012
Senators Recommended Judge Grimm for Federal Bench to President Obama

WASHINGTONU.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski  (both D-Md.) today at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee introduced Judge Paul William Grimm to fill a vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Judge Grimm currently serves as a Chief U.S. Magistrate Judge in Maryland, Northern Division, located in Baltimore.

 “Judge Paul Grimm is a veteran of the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps at Aberdeen Proving Ground and a nationally recognized expert on cutting edge issues of law and technology. He has strong roots, legal experience, and community involvement in the state of Maryland and I believe he has the necessary experience and temperament to serve the people of Maryland well on the United States District Court,” said Senator Cardin.  “I look for judicial nominees who respect the role and responsibilities of each branch of government, including a healthy respect for the precedents of the court. Judge Grimm has exceeded these standards in his 15 years as a federal magistrate judge in Maryland and I am confident that he will carry this judicial philosophy to the District Court.”

“I was proud to recommend Judge Paul Grimm to President Obama and am so pleased that he has been nominated to the United States District Court of Maryland,” Senator Mikulski said. “When I consider nominees for the federal bench, I have four criteria: absolute integrity, judicial competence and temperament; a commitment to core constitutional principles, and a history of civic engagement in Maryland. Judge Grimm not only meets these standards, he exceeds them.  Maryland deserves to have highly qualified judges who will uphold the law to provide equal justice for all, and we have that in Judge Grimm.”

If confirmed, Judge Grimm will occupy the seat currently held by Judge Benson E. Legg, who has advised the President of his intention to take senior status in June 2012.


Judge Paul William Grimm currently serves as a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Maryland, a position he has held since 1997.  He received his juris doctorate magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico School Of Law, where he served in the United States Army Judge Advocate General Corps during law school recess, and upon graduation, joined the JAG as a Captain.

Judge Grimm has a proven record of experience on the court having spent 15 years as a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Baltimore, 6 of which he spent as Chief Magistrate and has served our country proudly for 20 years in the Judge Advocate General Corps. He has spent his entire legal career in the State of Maryland, having served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Baltimore County, Chief of Litigation at the Maryland Department of Licensing and Regulation, and in private practice.