Fordham Law

Arthur J. Gonzalez '82 Named Chief Judge of U.S. Bankruptcy Court

February 16, 2010

Hon. Arthur J. Gonzalez '82 has been named Chief Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York. Judge Gonzalez has almost twenty years of experience on the bench and has presided over many high-profile financial cases.

"Judge Gonzalez is a man of great character, outstanding principle, and remarkable talent," said Dean William Michael Treanor. "He has a thorough understanding of even the most complex aspects of financial law, and we at the Law School are very proud of his recent appointment as Chief Judge."

Among Judge Gonzalez's most notable cases are the financial reorganizations of Enron (in 2001) and WorldCom (in 2002). In May 2009, he was assigned the massive Chrysler bankruptcy case. Other cases include the Chapter 11 filing of appliance maker Sunbeam, the bankruptcy of satellite telephone service Iridium, and the collapse of Livent Inc, a Canadian theatre-production company.

Judge Gonzalez was first appointed to the Southern District in 1991 as an Assistant United States Trustee. Two years later he was serving as United States Trustee for the Second Circuit. He was appointed to the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District in 1995. Prior to beginning his law career, Judge Gonzalez was a teacher in the New York City school system for 13 years.

Contact: Stephen Eichinger