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In 2013 Srinivasan made history when he became the first Indian American to serve the Court of Appeals in the D.C.Circuit.

Srinivasan’s family originally hails from a village near Tamil Nadu’s Tirunelveli. His family migrated to united States in 1960’s and settled in Texas.

He is widely known to be a judge with moderate views and argued for both Republicans and Democrats.

In 2010, he lost a case of his high profile client Jeffrey Skilling Enron executive. His most famous victory has been noted as the 2013 argument for same sex marriage under the Defense of Marriage Act.

Srinivasan, was a basketball star in his school in Kansas and completed his graduation from Stanford University in 1989. Earlier there were reports that Srinivasan could be labelled as “Obama’s Supreme Court nominee”.