Senators Burr and Tillis Applaud Nomination of Kenneth D. Bell to be District Judge for Western North Carolina

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, at the recommendation of North Carolina Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, President Trump announced his intention to nominate Kenneth D. Bell to fill the United States District Court vacancy for the Western District of North Carolina.

“I am very pleased to support Kenneth D. Bell to serve as a judge in the Western District of North Carolina,” said Senator Burr. “Ken’s nearly fifteen years in private practice, and nearly twenty years in public service in the Western District’s U.S. Attorney’s office will serve him well. As a fellow Demon Deacon, I know the Western District of North Carolina will be in good hands.”

“I want to thank President Trump for his intent to nominate Mr. Bell to be District Judge for Western North Carolina,” said Senator Tillis. “Mr. Bell’s previous work in the private sector and public service in the U.S. Attorney’s office of Western North Carolina makes him a great choice for this vacancy, and I look forward to supporting his nomination in the Judiciary Committee.”


Mr. Bell is currently a partner with McGuireWoods, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has recently served as the federally appointed receiver of the largest Ponzi scheme in history. Before McGuireWoods, Mr. Bell was also a partner at the law firms of Hunton & Williams, LLP and Mayer Brown, LLP. He was awarded the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation in 2003. Ken has also previously served the state of North Carolina as the first assistant U.S. Attorney and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina. He received undergraduate and law degrees from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.