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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)
Boston Bar Association, Charles P. Normandin Lifetime Achievement Award (2018)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Excellence in Education Award (2018)