William J. Lafferty Appointed Bankruptcy Judge




April 20, 2011                                                                      Contact:  Wendy Kan, 415.268.2329   


William J.Lafferty Appointed Bankruptcy Judge


The United States Court of Appealsfor the Ninth Circuit appointed attorney William J. Lafferty as a bankruptcyjudge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District ofCalifornia. 


Judge Lafferty will serve a14-year term in office, effective April 20, 2011.  He succeeds Judge Randall J. Newsome, whostepped down from the Northern District bankruptcy bench after 28 years ofservice.  Judge Lafferty will maintainchambers in Oakland.


Judge Lafferty was the formerdirector of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin PC ("Howard Rice").  He has more than 20 years of experience inbankruptcy law.  Judge Lafferty'spractice included corporate and partnership reorganizations and out-of-courtworkouts.  He has represented creditorsand secured and unsecured debtors.  JudgeLafferty has also lectured extensively on bankruptcy matters.


Prior to joiningHoward Rice, Judge Lafferty served as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas E.Carlson, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District ofCalifornia.


JudgeLafferty received his B.A. in 1977 from the University of California, Berkeley,where he graduated with honors.  Heearned his J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law in1985.


Throughout his career, JudgeLafferty served in numerous professional organizations such as   president of the Bay Area Bankruptcy Forum,vice president of the California Bankruptcy Forum,  as well as the chair of the Commercial Lawand Bankruptcy Section of the Bar Association of San Francisco.


The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for theNorthern District of California reported more than 38,580  bankruptcy filings in fiscal year 2010. Thecourt has nine bankruptcy judges and four divisional offices serving 15counties.


Judges of the United States Courtof Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have statutory responsibility for selectingand appointing the 68 bankruptcy judges in the nine western states thatcomprise the Ninth Circuit. The court uses a comprehensive merit selectionprocess for the initial appointment and for the reappointments. Bankruptcyjudges serve a 14-year, renewable term and handle all bankruptcy-relatedmatters under the Bankruptcy Code.