Biography

Judge Nevas, a retired Senior United States District Court Judge and former U.S. Attorney, serves as an arbitrator and mediator in a broad range of commercial disputes.

During his years on the bench, Judge Nevas presided over a wide range of civil cases, both jury and non-jury. He also presided over numerous major criminal trials involving white collar offenses, organized crime, public corruption, and large-scale drug distribution rings.

Judge Nevas served as a member of the Board of Directors and then as President of the Federal Judges Association; a member of the Committee on Court Administration and Case Management of the United States Judicial Conference; and a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States.

Immediately following the fatal explosion of the Kleen Energy natural gas facility in Middletown, Connecticut, on February 7, 2010, Governor M. Jodi Rell appointed Judge Nevas to chair a panel to investigate the cause of the explosion and make recommendations as to preventive measures. Judge Nevas worked with multiple state agencies, conducted several public meetings, and delivered a comprehensive report on the matter.

Judge Nevas and his wife reside in Westport, Connecticut.

Education

  • New York University School of Law  (LL.B.)
  • Syracuse University  (A.B.)

Public Service

  • Connecticut General Assembly, State Representative from Westport (1971-1977); served as Deputy House Majority and Deputy House Minority Leader
  • United States District Court Judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut (1985-2009)
  • Chair of Distribution Committee of United Fund of Western Connecticut for victims of Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut

Memberships

  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Life Fellow, Connecticut Bar Association

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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