John Louis Coffey

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John Coffey
Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
In office
March 19, 1982 – July 2, 2004
Nominated by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Thomas Fairchild
Succeeded by Diane Sykes
Personal details
Born (1922-04-15)April 15, 1922
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
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Wisconsin, U.S.
Alma mater Marquette University

John Louis Coffey (April 15, 1922 – November 10, 2012) was a United States federal judge.

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Coffey received a B.A. from Marquette University in 1943 and was in the United States Navy during World War II, from 1943 to 1946. He received a LL.D. from Marquette University Law School in 1948. He was an assistant city attorney for the City of Milwaukee from 1949 to 1954. He was a judge for Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, first as a Civil Court judge from 1954 to 1960, then a Municipal Court judge from 1960 to 1962, and then as a Circuit Court judge, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin from 1962 to 1978. He was the senior judge of the Criminal Division from 1972 to 1975, and chief presiding judge of the Criminal Division in 1976, switching to the civil Division from 1976 to 1978. He was a Justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 1978 to 1982.[1]

On February 19, 1982, Coffey was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit vacated by Thomas Edward Fairchild. Coffey was confirmed by the United States Senate on March 18, 1982, and received his commission on March 19, 1982. He assumed senior status on July 2, 2004,[2] and retired on January 1, 2012.[3] He died aged 90 on November 10, 2012.[4]


  1. Trina E. Gray, Karen Leone de Nie, Jennifer Miller, and Amanda K. Todd, Portraits of Justice: The Wisconsin Supreme Court's First 150 Years, Second Edition (Wisconsin Historical Society Press, 2003), p. 77.
  2. John Louis Coffey at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
  3. United States v. Wyatt
  4. Judge John Coffey Dies At Age 90

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Legal offices
Preceded by Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Succeeded by
Diane Sykes