Chief Judge A. Benjamin Goldgar - Biography

Appointed to a 14-year term pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 152 on February 3, 2003. Reappointed to a second 14-year term, effective February 3, 2017. Appointed to a 4-year term as Chief Bankruptcy Judge pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 154(b), effective January 1, 2020.
Brown University, A.B., magna cum laude, 1979; Northwestern University School of Law, J.D., 1982.
Prior Employment
Keck, Mahin & Cate, 1982-1995.
Other Government Service
Assistant Attorney General, 1995-2003, and Supervising Attorney, 1997-2003, Civil Appeals Division, Office of the Illinois Attorney General.
Professional Activities
Member, Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Rules, Judicial Conference of the United States (2014-20); Chair, Federal Rules Advisory Committee, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2012-14); Associate Editor, American Bankruptcy Law Journal (2008-09).
Professional Organizations
American Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Chicago Bar Association; Seventh Circuit Bar Association; Federal Bar Association; Appellate Lawyers Association of Illinois (President, 2001-2002); National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges; American Bankruptcy Institute; Scribes: The American Society of Legal Writers.
How Magistrate Judges Can Encounter Bankruptcy – and What to Do, Fed. Mag. J. Ass’n, FMJA Bulletin (April 2012); Writing to Convince a Judge: Some Tips from Your Audience, 20 Chi. Bar Rec. 53 (May 2006); Explaining Yourself, 87 Ill. B. J. 54 (Jan. 1999).