John M. Facciola was appointed a United States Magistrate Judge in the District of Columbia in 1997. Prior to being appointed to the bench, he served as an Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan from 1969-1973, and was in private practice in the District of Columbia from 1974-1982. Judge Facciola joined the U.S. Attorney's Office in 1982 and served as Chief of the Special Proceedings section from 1989 until his appointment as Magistrate Judge. Judge Facciola is a frequent lecturer and speaker on the topic of electronic discovery. Judge Facciola is a member of the Georgetown Advanced E-Discovery Institute Advisory Board and the Sedona Conference awarded him its Lifetime Achievement Award.
He is also the former Editor in Chief of The Federal Courts Law Review, the electronic law journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. His publications include: Hon. John Facciola and Lindsey Barrett, Law of the Foal: Careful Steps Towards Digital Competence in Proposed Rules 902(13) and 902(14), 1 Geo. l. Tech. Rev. 1 (2016). John M. Facciola, A Judicial Perspective: Technological Competence and the the Law Schools, Journal of the Professional Lawyer 119 (2015). Hon. John M. Facciola and Phil Favro, Safeguarding the Seed Set: Why Seed Set Documents May Be Entitled to Work Product Protection, 2015 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 8 (February 2015). John M. Facciola, Foreword, David M. Greenwald, Robert R. Stuffer, and Erin R. Schrantz, Testimonial Privileges (2015). John M. Facciola, Foreword, Maura R. Grossman & Gordon V. Cormack, The Grossman-Cormack Glossary of Technology-Assisted Review, 2013 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 7 (January 2013). Hon. John M. Facciola & Jonathan M. Redgrave, Asserting and Challenging Privilege Claims in Modern Litigation: The Facciola-Redgrave Framework, 2009 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 4 (November 2009). Hon. John M. Facciola, Sailing on Confused Seas: Privilege Waiver and the New Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, 2006 Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 6 (Sept. 2006). Hon. John M. Facciola, A History of Electronic Discovery in Michael D. Berman, Courtney Ingraffia Barton, and Paul W. Grimm (eds.) Managing E-Discovery and ESI From Pre-Litigation Through Trial (2011).
He received his A.B. from the College of the Holy Cross and his J.D. from Georgetown.