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Hon. Joan N. Feeney

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
John W. McCormack Post Office
and Court House
5 Post Office Square, Suite 1150
Boston, MA 02109-3945

Tel: 617-748-6630
Fax: 617-748-6635

Class: XVI (2005)Circuit: First


Connecticut College, B.A., with Distinction in two major fields (1975)
Suffolk University Law School, J.D. (1978)

Professional Career

Bankruptcy Judge (1992-); Chief Judge (2002-06), District of Massachusetts
Associate and Partner, Hanify & King, P.C. Boston, MA (1986-92)
Law Clerk, Hon. James N. Gabriel, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, D. Mass. (1982-86)
Associate, Feeney & Freeley, Boston, MA (1979-82)


Judicial Conference of the U.S., International Judicial Relations Committee (2007-13)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Board of Governors; various committee positions (2003-06)
AO Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group (2003-07)
AO Budget and Finance Advisory Council (2005-06)
American Bankruptcy Institute: Judicial Chair, Northeast Conference (2002-05); member Board of Directors (2005-10)
Boston Bar Association: Bankruptcy Section, ProBono Committee; Co-Chair, M. Ellen Carpenter Project on Financial Literacy for Students (2004-)


Bankruptcy Law Manual West 2006 Co-author
The Road Out of Debt Wiley 2010 Co-author
Chapter 9, "Property of the Estate," Chapter 11, "Theory and Practice," A Guide to Reorganization, LRP (1994) (with William C. Hillman) Co-author


Suffolk University Law School, Alumni Achievement Award (1993)
Boston Bar Association, Haskell Cohn Award for Distinguished Judicial Service (2005)