Hannah Blumenstiel Appointed Bankruptcy Judge to Northern District of California

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By Diane Davis

Judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit announced March 4 that they have selected San Francisco attorney Hannah L. Blumenstiel to serve as a judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, according to a news release.

Fills Seat Vacated by Retired Judge Carlson
Blumenstiel, 45, was sworn into office last month, and maintains chambers in San Francisco. She fills a judgeship left vacant by the retirement of Judge Thomas E. Carlson, who continues to serve the court as a recalled judge, the March 4 news release states.

Blumenstiel practiced with the law firm of Winston & Strawn LLP since 2003, and became a partner in 2008. While at Winston & Strawn, she worked as in-house counsel for General Electric Capital's Bankruptcy & Restructuring Center of Excellence from 2009 to 2010. Previously, Blumenstiel worked in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Ohio as a law clerk for Judge Charles M. Caldwell from 1998 to 2001, and for Judge Donald E. Calhoun Jr. from 2000 to 2001. Blumenstiel also worked as an intern and an assistant attorney general in the State of Ohio, Office of the Attorney General, from 1996 to 1998.

Blumenstiel received her B.A. from Ohio State University in 1992, and her J.D. in 1997 from Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. While in law school, she was a member of the Order of the Barristers and served on the school's National Moot Court Team, which was awarded the second-place brief in the 1996 National Appellate Advocacy Competition Finals. While attending law school part-time, she worked as a director of the Lawyers for Justice for the Columbus Bar Association. Blumenstiel is a native of Alliance, Ohio.

Since 2009, Blumenstiel has served on the Bench-Bar Liaison Committee of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California, and was the co-chair of the committee from 2011 to 2012. She was also active in the San Francisco Bar Association as co-chair of the Commercial Law & Bankruptcy Section, from 2009 to 2012, and as chair of the Bankruptcy Section of the Barrister's Club from 2004 to 2005.

Court Information
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California is authorized nine bankruptcy judges. In calendar year 2012, the court received 27,637 filings, according to the news release.

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, at a salary of $160,080, and handle all bankruptcy-related matters under the Bankruptcy Code, the news release states.

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