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Hon. Arthur B. Federman

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

Kansas City, MO

Class: XIV (2003)Circuit: Eighth


University of Kansas, B.A. (1973)
University of Missouri, Kansas City, J.D. with Distinction (1976)

Professional Career

Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri (1989-)
Associate and Partner, Linde Thomson Langworthy Kohn & Van Dyke (1979-89)
Trial Attorney (Honors Program), U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division (1976-79)


Eighth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Judge (2002-); Chief Judge (2013-)
Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Committee, Chair (2001-02)
Jewish Federation of Kansas City, Chair, Planning and Allocation Committee (1999-02)
Midwest Center for Holocaust Education, President (1997-98)


"The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005," Missouri Lawyers Weekly April 25, 2005 Author
"When the Meaning Isn't So Plain-Adventures in Statutory Construction," Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Missouri Bar 2002 Author
"The Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney's Less Obvious Ethical Responsibilities to the Client, the Profession and the Court," Annual Bankruptcy Institute, Missouri Bar 2000 Co-author
"What Means Testing Really Means-An Empirical Study," Consumer Bankruptcy News, 1999 Author LRP Publications
"Procedural Aspects of the Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994," Fourth Annual Symposium On Federal Practice and Procedure, University of Missouri School of Law 1995 Author
"The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1994," Journal of the Missouri Bar, Missouri Bar 1995 Author
"Attorneys and the Adversarial Ethic: A Moral Dilemma," Commercial Law Bulletin, Commercial Law League 1994 Co-author
"Employment of Professionals," Missouri Bar Practice, Missouri Bar 1992 Co-author


Listed in Best Lawyers in America, (1987; 1989-90)
Outstanding Bankruptcy Judge, Turnarounds & Workouts Newsletter, (1999)