Honorable Claire V. Eagan was appointed as the first female United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma on October 25, 2001 by President George W. Bush. She served as Chief Judge from 2005 to 2012. Judge Eagan served as the first full-time female United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District from1998 to 2001, presiding over civil and criminal trials, pretrial matters, and the court’s alternative dispute resolution (ADR) program.
After graduating cum laude from Trinity College, Washington, D.C. in 1972, and cum laude from Fordham University School of Law in 1976, she worked as a federal judicial law clerk to the Honorable Allen E. Barrow, Chief United States District Judge for the Northern District of Oklahoma. In 1978, she was employed first as an associate and thereafter as the first female shareholder, director, and executive committee member at Hall, Estill, Hardwick, Gable, Golden & Nelson, P.C. in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her private practice focused on business litigation, primarily in the areas of securities, telecommunications, and environmental and employment law. Recently, Judge Eagan served as a member (2002-12) and chair (2008-12) of the Judicial Conference Committee on Defender Services.