Anthony John Trenga

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Anthony John Trenga (born 1949) is a United States federal judge.

Trenga was born in Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Mercersburg Academy in 1967[1] and received an A.B. from Princeton University in 1971. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1974. He was a law clerk to Judge Ted Dalton of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia from 1974 to 1975.

Trenga was in private practice in Washington, D.C. from 1975–1987 with Sachs, Greenebaum & Tayler, becoming a partner in 1982. He was managing partner at Hazel & Thomas in Alexandria, Virginia from 1987 to 1998, and back in the District 1998-2008 with Miller & Chevalier.[2]

Trenga is a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in Alexandria. Trenga was nominated by President George W. Bush on July 17, 2008, to a seat vacated by Walter D. Kelley. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 26, 2008, and received his commission on October 14, 2008.

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In October 2009, Trenga set aside the jury conviction of two top sales people at Teach me to Trade, a part of Whitney Information Network,[3] which uses infomercials and hotel seminars across the country to sell courses and software on making money in the stock market. In a 51-page ruling, Trenga said prosecutors failed to show Utah residents Linda Woolf and David Gengler had been part of any fraud scheme.[4]


  1. "Order In the Court" Mercersburg Magazine Winter 2014, page 25. Retrieved April 8, 2014.
  2. "New U.S. Judge in N.Va. Is Cited as Thorough and Fair" by Jerry Markon with staff research by Meg Smith, Washington Post, March 19, 2009. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.
  3. "Duo From 'Teach Me to Trade' Seminars Charged With Fraud" by Matthew Barakat, Associated Press via Washington Post, March 12, 2008. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.
  4. "Judge Tosses Verdicts Against Infomercial Pair" Associated Press via The New York Times, October 26, 2009. Retrieved Oct. 26, 2009.


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Preceded by
Walter Kelley
Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia