Personal Photo

Hon. A. Jay Cristol

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Miami, FL 33128

Class: VII (1996)Circuit: Eleventh


University of Miami, B.A. (1958)
University of Miami School of Law, LL.B., J.D., cum laude (1959)
University of Miami Law Review (1957-59)
University of Miami Graduate School of International Studies, Ph.D., International Studies (1997)
Admitted to Florida Bar (1959)
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida (1959); U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida (1968); U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1959),, U.S. Supreme Court (1965); U.S. Court of Military Appeals (1967); U.S. Court of Claims (1971)

Professional Career

Southern District of Florida, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (1985-); Chief Judge (1993-99),
Retired Captain, U.S. Navy (1988)
Special Assistant to Attorney General of Florida, 1959, 1961, 1963, 1965 Legislative Sessions
Senior Partner, Cristol, Mishan, Sloto (1959-85)
Honorary Professor of Law, U.S. Naval Justice School (1983)
Adjunct Professor of Law, University of Miami School of Law (1988-)


National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
Florida, Dade County, and American Bar Associations
Bankruptcy Bar Association of the Southern District of Florida
University of Miami, Alumni Association, Director
American Red Cross, Miami Chapter, Board of Trustees
American College of Bankruptcy
American Bar Foundation


"The Liberty Incident, Revealed," Annapolis, MD United States Naval Institute Press 2013 Author
"11 USC ยง707(b)(2)(A)(iii): Does It Mean What It Says and Say What It Means?" 19 U. Fla. J.L. & Pub. Pol. 2008 Cristol and Kaplan
"Bankruptcy in the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam," Conference News at National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges Spring 2006 Author
"Bankruptcy Reform Will Sink Systems," Daily Business Review Mar 14, 2005 at A6
Cristol, Castle and Hadden, "The USS Liberty and the Role of Intelligence," The United States, the Middle East, and the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Program by U.S. Dept. of State, Guest Speaker on Panel 1: War, Intelligence, and the USS Liberty (January 12-13, 2004) 2004 published in conjunction with Arab-Israeli Crisis and War, 1967, Foreign Relations of the United States, 1964-1968, Vol. XIX, Dept. of State (Washington D.C.)
The Liberty Incident, 2002 Author Washington, DC, Brassey's Inc.
"Analysis of the Federal Civil Rule Relating to Expert Testimony," ASA Newsline Jun 2000 Author
"Exemption Planning: How Far May You Go?" 48 S.C. L. Rev. 715 1997 Cristol, Cassidy, and Walden
"Bankruptcy Alchemy: Conversion of Nothing to Golden Opportunity," 9 St. Thomas L. Rev. 305 1997 Cristol and Walden
The Liberty Incident (Ph.D. dissertation, University of Miami) 1997 Author (published by UMI's Dissertation Services)
"Slovenia's Efforts to Further Westernize," 28 Foundation Notes, Naval War College Winter 1996 Author
"Notwithstanding Unartful Draftspersonship, Congress Intended the Automatic Stay to Become Operative Upon Entry of an Order for Relief," 4 Am. Bank. Inst. L. Rev. 505 Winter 1996 Author
"Theoretical Legal Problems in Converting the Central and Eastern European Military Industrial Complex to a Free Market Economy," 27 Foundation Notes, Naval War College Spring 1996 Author
"The Non-Lawyer Provider of Bankruptcy Legal Services: Angel or Vulture?" 2 Am. Bank. Inst. L. Rev. 353 Winter 1994 Author,
"Basic Bankruptcy in Florida," National Business Institute 1989 Author
"The Liberty Incident," Author Seminar on Intelligence Command and Control, Program on Information Resources Policy, Harvard College, Guest
"A Local Rules Guide for Florida Southern District Bankruptcy Court," Professional Education Seminars 1988 Author
"Blue Thunder Patrol: Drug Interdiction off Cape Florida," Customs Today Winter 1988 Author
"The Day I Flew the Goodyear Blimp," Florida Aviation Historical Society News, Jan 1988 Author Vol. 9 No. 1 Edition, No. 77