Metropolitan News-Enterprise


Tuesday, September 25, 2007


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Ninth Circuit Names Bankruptcy Judge to New Term


By a MetNews Staff Writer


The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has appointed Bankruptcy Judge Thomas B. Donovan to a second 14-year term on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Central District of California.

The circuit executive said late Friday that Donovan, 71, and four other bankruptcy judges from around the circuit had been reappointed. The court also named a San Diego  attorney to succeed a judge who is retiring early next year.

Donovan has been a bankruptcy judge since 1994 and has chambers in Los

Angeles. His reappointment is effective March 21 of next year.

Prior to coming onto the bankruptcy bench, Donovan was a founding partner of the San Francisco law firm of Dinkelspiel, Donovan & Reder, where he worked form 1969 to 1993. He also was with the law firm of Dinkelspiel & Dinkelspiel from 1964 to 1969, and was with Covington & Burling in Washington D.C. in 1962 and 1963.

He is a 1957 graduate of UC Berkeley, and graduated from Boalt Hall School of Law there in 1962 after a stint with the U.S. Army Security Agency.

His outside activities include service as board member of the Barlow Respiratory Hospital, and as a teacher and mentor in the risk student program at Abraham Lincoln High School.

Also reappointed Friday were Chief Bankruptcy Judge Michael S. McManus of the Eastern District of California, Bankruptcy Judges James M. Marlar and Charles G. Case of the District of Arizona, and Chief Bankruptcy Judge Karen A. Overstreet of the Western District of Washington..

The circuit’s newest bankruptcy judge-designate, Laura Taylor, 49, is an administrative partner in the banking and finance practice group in the San Diego office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP. Subject to completion of standard background checks, she is to succeed Bankruptcy Judge John J. Hargrove next Jan. 4.


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