“Tom Stagg, top area U.S. judge, dies”
Tom Stagg, appointed to the U.S. District Court in 1974 and long the senior United States federal judge for the Western District of Louisiana, died at home late Tuesday at age 92 after a lengthy illness.
One of the nation’s top intellectual property attorneys, Jane Politz Brandt, clerked for Stagg from 1986 to 1988.
“Judge Stagg was always expanding my knowledge,” she said. “He made it his mission to use a word every day which would require me to look it up in his dictionary. He had a special relationship with all of his clerks. He was like a second father to me, especially after mine passed away.”