Martin ('90) Appointed to U.S. Bankruptcy Court for Arizona

Friday, May 2, 2014

Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced today the appointment of Brenda Kay Martin (Class of '90) to serve as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona.

Judge Martin fills a judgeship vacated by Judge George B. Nielsen, Jr., who will continue to serve the court in a limited capacity as a recalled judge. Judge Martin, who received the oath of office on May 1, will maintain chambers in Phoenix.

“We welcome Judge Martin to the bench and look forward to her contributions to the work of the Arizona bankruptcy court,” said Judge Kozinski in announcing the appointment.

Judge Martin, 49, had been a partner since 2005 at Osborn Maledon, P.A., in Phoenix, where her practice involved representing parties in business cases, and occasionally, individuals in Chapter 11 proceedings. She served as the senior partner of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Practice Group at the firm. Judge Martin practiced law in Phoenix working as an associate then partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP, from 1998 to 2005; as an associate at FitzSimon Parker & Lustiger, PLC, form 1997 to 1998; and as an associate at Johnston Maynard Grant & Parker, PLC, from 1990 to 1997.

A native Tacoma, Washington, Judge Martin, received her B.A. in English and political science at Willamette University in 1987 and her J.D. from Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, in 1990. While in law school, she was awarded Outstanding Brief in the moot court competition, received a scholarship, and was elected law school representative to the ASU Student Government.

Judge Martin has served on the State Bar of Arizona’s Bankruptcy Advisory Committee since 2007. She volunteers as a dog adoption counselor for the Arizona Animal Welfare League.

The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Arizona received 24,046 filings in fiscal year 2013. The court is authorized seven bankruptcy judges.

Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit have statutory responsibility for selecting and appointing bankruptcy judges in the nine western states that comprise the Ninth Circuit. The court uses a comprehensive merit selection process for the initial appointment and for reappointments. Bankruptcy judges serve a 14-year, renewable term and handle all bankruptcy-related matters under the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.

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