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Hon. Jeffery P. Hopkins

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
221 East Fourth Street
Atrium Two, Suite 800
Cincinnati, OH 45202-4133

Tel: 513-684-2852
Fax: 513-357-5420

Class: XXI (2010)Circuit: Sixth


Bowdoin College, A.B. (1982)
Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, J.D. (1985)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, S.D. Ohio (1996- (Elevated to Chief 2014))
Assistant U.S. Attorney, S.D. Ohio, Chief of Civil Division (1993-96)
Assistant U.S. Attorney, S.D. Ohio (1990-93)
Associate, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP (1987-90)
Law Clerk, Hon. Alan E. Norris, U.S. Court of Appeals (1986-87)
Law Clerk, Hon. Alan E. Norris, Ohio Court of Appeals (1985-86)


American Law Institute (2009-)
ABA Business Bankruptcy Committee, Subcommittee on Rules: Vice-Chair; Member (2009-)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Director (2008-)
Black Lawyers Association of Cincinnati (BLAC) (1996-)
Cincinnati Bar Association (1996-)
Cincinnati Round Table (1996-)
Federal Bar Association (1996-)
Federal Judicial Center (FJC) Advisory Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Education (2003-08)
Judicial Conference Bankruptcy Rules Committee (2007-)
Judicial Conference Judicial Branch Committee (2009-)
Judicial Conference Ad Hoc Committee on Judicial Salaries (2007-)
Just the Beginning Foundation (JTBF) (2004-06), Co-Chair, Cincinnati Biennial Conference (2006)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (1996-), President (2006-07)
Midwest Regional Bankruptcy Seminar, Executive Committee (2006-)
The OSU Moritz College of Law National Council (2005-)
Law and Leadership Institute, President (2017)
Cincinnati Museum Center, Chair-Elect (2017)


"Wheel Estate: Debtors May Still Cramdown Creditors Interests in Mobile Homes," 2009 Author
"Bridges: An Organization You Should Know About and the Lawyers and Judges Who Have Helped to Make This 'A Just Community'," CBA Report, Cincinnati Bar Association 2009 Author
"Calvin Buford & Andrew Kaplan: Co-Chairs of the Recruitment Committee Speak Candidly About Their Involvement in the Round Table and the Need for the Organization's Work to Continue," BLAC/CBA Roundtable Lantern, BLAC/CBA 2001 Author
"Lawyers in the Hot Seat, The State of Ethics & Professionalism," DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal, DePaul University School of Law 2008 Co-author
Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise Bloomberg BNA 2013 - Contributor


Michael E. Moritz College of Law, The Ohio State University, William K. Thomas Distinguished Jurist Award (May 14, 2010)