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United States Bankruptcy Judge, Eastern District of Michigan-Detroit, appointed 1985, reappointed 1999 and 2013; retired and on recall status for 2014

Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2002-2009

Bankruptcy Appellate Panel of the Sixth Circuit, 1997-2004 and 2008-2011

Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, 2002-2004

Positions and Honors

Sixth Circuit Representative, Board of Governors, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 2011-Present

Bankruptcy Judges Representative, Judicial Council of Sixth Circuit, 2011-Present

Judicial Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute, Consumer Bankruptcy Association Veterans Day Consumer Conference, 2006-2012

Member, Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute Central States Conference, 1997-2014; Judicial Chair, 1997-2005

Chair, Advisory Board, American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Fee Study, 2009-2011

Distinguished Service Award, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2009

Chair, American Bankruptcy Institute Consumer Task Force, 2009

Judicial Advisor, National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees Ethics Committee, 2005-Present

Vice President for Research, American Bankruptcy Institute, 2005-2009

Chair, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Endowment for Education, 2002-2004

Associate Editor, American Bankruptcy Law Journal, published by the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, 1994-1996

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy, elected 1995


Equity Receivers and the In Pari Delicto Defense, 69 Bus.Law. 699 (American Bar Association May 2014)

Obtaining the Release of Grand Jury Evidence in Ponzi Cases, 42 Golden Gate U. L. Rev. 657 (2012)

Coordination Agreements in Parallel Forfeiture and Bankruptcy Proceedings, American Bar Association Business Law Section's Online Resource, Business Law Today, June 21, 2012

Supplementing the Tools in the Trustee's Toolbox, NABTalk, The Journal of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Trustees, Spring 2012

The Ponzi Book: A Legal Resource for Unraveling Ponzi Schemes, LexisNexis (2012)

The Ethical Obligations of a Chapter 7 Trustee, 80 Am. Bankr. L.J. 147 (2006)

A Preview of "Demonstrating a Serious Problem with Undisclosed Assets in Chapters 7 Cases," May 2002 Norton Bankr. L. Advisor 1

An Empirical Study of Consumer Bankruptcy Papers, 73 Am. Bankr. L.J. 653 (1999)

Eight Statutory Causes of Delay and Expense in Chapter 11 Cases, 67 Am. Bankr. L.J. 287 (1993)

Speaking at Conferences and Seminars

Federal Judicial Center

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees

National Association of Chapter Thirteen Trustees

American Bankruptcy Institute

American Bar Association

Commercial Law League of America

Turnaround Management Association

Association of Insolvency and Restructuring Accountants

United States Trustee Program

Byrne Judicial Clerkship Institute at Pepperdine Law School

Michigan Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Consumer Bankruptcy Association

National Association of Federal Equity Receivers

Several state and local bar organizations in California, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Florida, Georgia and Kansas

Other Employment

Adjunct Professor, University of Michigan Law School, teaching bankruptcy law, 1992-2003; 2013

Adjunct Professor, University of Detroit Law School, teaching ethics, 1986

United States Magistrate, Eastern District of Michigan, 1981-1985

Private Practice, 1977-1981

Assistant United States Attorney, Eastern District of Michigan, 1974-1977

Law Clerk, Honorable John Feikens, United States District Judge, the Eastern District of Michigan, 1973-1974


Juris Doctor, University of Michigan Law School, 1972

Michigan Law Review Editor

Bachelor of Science Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University, 1970