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Hon. Margaret Dee McGarity

Chief United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Eastern District of Wisconsin
162 U.S. Courthouse
517 E. Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee, WI 53202-4506

Tel: 414-290-2670
Fax: unpublished

Class: IX (1998)Circuit: Seventh


Emory University, B.A. (1969)
University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D. (1974)

Professional Career

Appointed U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (1987-); Reappointed to Second 14 Year Term (2001-); Chief Judge, (2003-10)
Private practice, Chernov, Stern & Burbach, S.C (1977-87)
Trust officer, (1974-77)


State Bar of Wisconsin
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Milwaukee Bar Association
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
American Bankruptcy Institute
National Association of Women Judges
Association for Women Lawyers
Thomas E. Fairchild Inn, AIC


Collier on Bankruptcy Matthew Bender 2010-
Collier Family Law and the Bankruptcy Code Matthew Bender 1991, supp. Annually Sommer & McGarity
Marital Property Law in Wisconsin State Bar of Wisconsin (2 ed.) 1984, supp. 2010 Christiansen, Haberman, Halley, Haydon, Kinnamon, McGarity, Wiscox
Various articles relating to the interrelationships between bankruptcy and family law.