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 May 13, 2023

Trump-appointed former federal judge dies at 60

The judicial world lost a Louisiana-based legend this week. 

According to KATC, former United States District Judge Michael J. Juneau passed away this week at his Lafayette-based residence. He was only 60 years old.

He was nominated as a federal judge by former President Donald Trump in 2017.

A thoughtful statement on his passing was released by United States Attorney Brandon B. Brown and the staff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Louisiana.

"Judge Michael J. Juneau was a great American jurist and the consummate professional on and off the bench exhibiting textbook judicial temperament, especially when faced with tense situations during litigation. While in private practice, he was well known and respected throughout the state for being highly skilled in complex civil litigation.

"Although his time with us on the bench in the Western District of Louisiana was brief by Article III federal judge standards, it was impactful, and he will be missed," it continued.

"The employees of the Western District of Louisiana’s United States Attorney’s Office will keep his wife, Becky, and their children, lifted in prayer and our thoughts during this difficult time."

The Advertiser noted:

Juneau took the federal bench in 2018 and assumed senior status in 2022 due to a disability. Funeral arrangements are pending, according to KLFY. He was a lifelong resident of Lafayette.

The Advocate provided the late judge's background:

A native of Monroe, Juneau completed his undergraduate studies in accounting at LSU where he graduated magna cum laude, then attended Harvard Law School in Massachusetts, where he was chosen as best oralist in the Ames Moot Court Competition and served as a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. He graduated from Harvard cum laude.

He was also the founding member of the Lafayette-based civil litigation law firm Juneau David APLC.

The judge led an impressive career all around and was also involved in civil litigation suits from the 2010 Gulf Of Mexico oil spill and the BP Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused it.

His legacy will undoubtedly live on, given his many accomplishments in both the legal and judicial world.

There was no further information regarding his family.

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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