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George Singer Discusses New Bankruptcy Judges with Minnesota Lawyer

12.06.13

From 1986 to 2012, Minnesota bankruptcy court cases were assigned to one of four judges. Now, due to a death and retirements, three of the four are brand new. Two are making the transition from attorney, and the third comes from the Minnesota Tax Court- making them well known within the Minnesota legal community. Minnesota Lawyer’s article, “New order in bankruptcy court settles in,” discusses what this means for Minnesota bankruptcy lawyers, as many of them have worked alongside or against the new judges when they practiced.

Lindquist & Vennum bankruptcy attorney George Singer has practiced with each of the new judges at one point in his career and has now appeared in front of them as judges. He said each has been eager to introduce themselves at Minnesota State Bar Association functions and are sensitive to the fact that there is a “degree of uncertainty.”

It doesn’t do a judge any good to be an unknown commodity, Singer said. “It makes their jobs easier if their expectations are out front and well known,” he said. “Practitioners have some responsibility for figuring that out on their own, too. You try to communicate with chambers and staff because you will find out soon enough if you are doing something wrong or what a judge’s pet peeve is.”

Singer said as time goes on the judges will continue to develop their own way of communicating and handling things. He agrees that new blood is good. New judges bring in a renewed sense of enthusiasm and are closer to the practice. He said a common complaint among attorneys is that judges forget what it was like to practice. “You have deadlines to meet, difficult clients to handle and you are dealing with opposing counsel. The further removed from the practice, it is easier to lose sight of how difficult it can be,” he said.

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