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Thomas Renn (’84) Named to U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Oregon

OCTOBER 28, 2011—Minnesota native Thomas Renn (’84) was sworn in today as a judge on the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Oregon. Appointed by Chief Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, Renn fills a vacancy created by a sudden death. He will have chambers in the federal courthouse in Eugene, Ore.

Most recently, Renn has been a solo practitioner in Portland, Ore. As a Chapter 7 panel trustee in the Portland division of the Oregon Bankruptcy Court since 2002, he has handled nearly 14,000 cases filed for individuals, joint filers, and businesses. He also has worked as the disbursing agent in Chapter 11 cases.

From 1995 to 2002 his law practice included representation of Chapter 7 trustees and work for debtors in Chapters 7, 11, and 13 cases. He wrote the Wiley Bankruptcy Law Update annuals for 1995 through 1997 and taught business law at Pacific University, Forest Grove, Ore.

Renn began his bankruptcy practice in 1986 when he started representing debtors, creditors, trustees in business, and consumers under all major chapters of bankruptcy. From 1989 to 1994 he taught advanced bankruptcy as an adjunct professor at Northwestern School of Law, Lewis and Clark College, Portland.

He is an active member of the Oregon State Bar, serving on its Debtor-Creditor Section Executive Committee from 2003-10 and in its House of Delegates as a debtor-creditor representative in 2009. He also served on the Federal Bar Association Executive Committee from 2009-10.