Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Monday, November 5, 2001


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Ryan Selected Presiding Judge of Bankruptcy Appellate Panel


By a MetNews Staff Writer


Veteran Bankruptcy Judge John Ryan of the Central District of California has been selected to become the next presiding judge of the United States Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Ninth Circuit.

Unanimously elected by his peers during the panelís annual symposium on Oct. 3, Ryan will take office Jan. 1.

He will replace current Presiding Judge Barry Russell of Los Angeles, who is leaving the panel after 13 years.

Ryan, who has chambers in Santa Ana, is wrapping up his fifth year on the BAP.

He was appointed to the bankruptcy court in 1986 and was recently reappointed to a second 14-year term.

Ryan is best known for presiding over the 1994 Orange County bankruptcy, the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.

Before coming to the bench Ryan practiced securities and corporate law in San Diego. He also served in legal positions with the New York and American stock exchange companies and practiced corporate and bankruptcy law in Boston.

He is a veteran of the Navy and a former jet pilot.


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