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Beaumont attorney confirmed for federal bench

May 14, 2019

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed a Beaumont attorney to serve as Federal Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in Beaumont, drawing praise from Texas’ Senators.

Michael Truncale was recommended to President Donald Trump by Republican U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz and John Cornyn after an “extensive” review and interview process, according to a news release from Cruz’s office.

“Michael’s legal expertise and devotion to serving his fellow Texans will make him an excellent federal judge,” Cornyn said in the release. “I thank my Senate colleagues for supporting his confirmation and wish him the best as he takes the bench in Beaumont.”

The Federal Judicial Evaluation Committee, a bipartisan panel of leading Texas attorneys which was established by the two senators, reviewed applications, interviewed candidates and made recommendations to the senators before they interviewed applicants and ultimately made recommendations to Trump.

“The Senate is continuing to deliver on its promise to the American people to confirm principled, constitutionalist judges, and I have no doubt Texans in the Eastern District will be well-served by Michael’s professionalism and commitment to the rule of law,” Cruz said in the release.

Truncale was recommended by the Senators in early 2018 to fill a vacancy on the bench.

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Truncale is a partner at Orgain Bell & Tucker, LLP where he handles matters that include products liability and commercial disputes.

He also was appointed by then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry to serve a four-year term as a regent of the Texas State University System and Gov. Gregg Abbott to serve a six-year term as a board member of the Prepaid Higher Education Tuition Board, among other accomplishments.

Truncale has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Lamar University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of North Texas and a J.D. from the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law.

In 2012, he unsuccessfully ran in the Republican primary for the congressional seat held by Randy Weber. At the time he was described as a Republican with “tea party values.”

He has been involved in Republican party politics locally, on the state level and nationally for many years.