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Hon. Brendan Linehan Shannon


Current Position

United States Bankruptcy Court
District of Delaware
824 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

Class: XXXI (2020)Circuit: Third

Brendan Linehan Shannon is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware. He received his undergraduate degree from Princeton University, and his law degree from the Marshall-Wythe School of Law at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Shannon was a partner with Young
Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP in Wilmington, Delaware. Since his appointment in 2006, Judge Shannon has managed a full Chapter 11 docket, and he also handles all Chapter 13 consumer bankruptcy cases filed in the State of Delaware. He served as Chief Judge of the Bankruptcy Court from 2014 through 2018. Judge Shannon was reappointed by the Third Circuit to a second 14-year term on March 13, 2020.

Judge Shannon was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to serve on the Judicial Conference Committee for the Administration of the Bankruptcy System in 2015. His term of appointment to that Committee ended in 2022. In 2023, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Shannon to the Judicial Conference Committee on Court Administration and Case Management. Judge Shannon also serves as Chair of the Third Circuit Judicial Council Committee on Bankruptcy. Judge Shannon has served on intercircuit assignment to the District of Puerto Rico since April 2022 when he was appointed the judicial mediator for the Puerto Rico Electric Power Company’s Title III insolvency proceedings.

Judge Shannon is an adjunct professor in the Bankruptcy L.L.M. Program at St. John’s University School of Law in New York, and previously taught at Widener School of Law in Delaware. He serves on the Board of Editors of Collier on Bankruptcy (16th ed.) and is a contributing author for Collier Forms. Judge Shannon also serves on the Advisory Board for the American Bankruptcy Institute Law Review. Judge Shannon speaks frequently at bar education programs and judicial conferences, and he regularly serves as a faculty member in training programs for new chief judges organized by the Administrative Office of United States Courts.

In 2011, Judge Shannon was selected to serve as a member of the National Bankruptcy Conference. The 60-member Conference was created in the 1930s at the direction of Congress, and its statutory mission is to serve as a resource to Congress on bankruptcy legislation. Judge Shannon is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and a member of the Delaware State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute and the Rodney Inns of Court.