Judge Amit Mehta, District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Judge Amit Mehta

District of Columbia U.S. District Court

Amit Priyavadan Mehta was born in 1971 in Patan, Gujarat, India. He grew up in Reisterstown, Maryland. He received his undergraduate degree in political science and economics from Georgetown University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He worked in private practice, then clerked at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Following his clerkship, he returned to private practice. He joined the District of Columbia Public Defender Service as a staff attorney, serving five years, before returning to private practice where he focused on white-collar criminal defense, among other things.

He was appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Columbia by President Barack Obama and received his commission in December 2014.

In the News…

Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled in favor of National Railroad Passenger Corp., doing business as Amtrak, in its assertions of having legal authority to take over Union Station in Washington, D.C., in 2022.  

Amtrak had claimed the need for control to make safety upgrades and move expansion plans forward.

In his opinion, Judge Mehta said that after commercial lease negotiations broke down, Amtrak “met its burden of proof to exercise its ‘quick take’ authority.”

Judge Mehta said that it was “necessary for intercity rail transportation” for Amtrak to take eminent domain of Union Station. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Judge Mehta today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Amit Mehta
U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
E. Barrett Prettyman U.S. Courthouse
333 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001


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