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Hon. Margaret M. Mann

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

United States Bankruptcy Judge, ret.
U.S. Bankruptcy Court
2907 Shelter Island Drive
Suite 105, PMB 703
San Diego, CA 92106

Tel: 619-990-7719

Class: XVI (2005)Circuit: Ninth


University of Illinois, B.A., Finance, cum laude (1978)
Tilburg School of Economics, The Netherlands (1978)
University of Southern California Law Center, J.D. (1981)

Professional Career

Appointed Chief Bankruptcy Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California (Oct 1, 2019 - Oct 31, 2021)
Appointed Judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California (Apr 2, 2010)
Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP (2008)
Shareholder & Chair, Restructuring & Insolvency Practice; National Hiring Chair, Heller Ehrman LLP (2003)
Partner & Chair, Commercial Finance & Insolvency Practice Group, Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps (2003)


Judicial Conference, Bankruptcy Judge Observer (10/2021–10/2023)
American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, Board of Directors (2021-present)
Lawyers Club of San Diego Advisory Board (2021-2022)
Ninth Circuit Representative of the Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Committee for the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts (2015-2019)
Federal Bar Association Advisory Board (2019-present)
Ninth Circuit Governor of the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2015-2019)
Member, National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (2010 to present)
Conference Chair of the 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (2015-2016)
Program Chair for the 2015 9th Circuit Judicial Conference (2014-2015)
Member, Ninth Circuit Conference Executive Committee (2008-2010 and 2012-2016)
Member, Ninth Circuit Public Information and Community Outreach Committee (2020-2021)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Chair to the National Conference of Bankruptcy Clerk's Liaison Committee (2013-2014)
Community Outreach Programs Committee for the Southern District of California (2013-present)
American Bankruptcy Institute Credit Abuse Resistance Education Foundation, Advisory Board Committee (2014-present)
Chair, Credit Abuse Resistance Education program in San Diego (2010-present)
Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy (2005-present)
Chair of the Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee for the Ninth Circuit (2010-12)
Visiting Bankruptcy Scholar, Arizona State Bar Convention (2013)
Ninth Circuit New Bankruptcy Judges' Orientation Program (2012)
Faculty member for Federal Judicial Center Education programs (2012)
Southern District of California Lawyer Representative, Chair (2007-09)
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) (2008-2010)
State Bar of California, Debtor/Creditor Committee (1995)
San Diego County Bar Association, Chair, Bankruptcy Law Section (1990)
UCSD Athena, Director & Co-Chair, Athena Pinnacle Awards (2005-08)
California Women Lawyers, District 9 Governor (2004-05)
San Diego Bankruptcy Forum: Co-Founder; President; Director (1993-95)
San Diego Center for Children Foundation, Director/Vice Chair (1992)
Sunset View Foundation Board: President (1998); Vice President and CFO (1997) Director (1996-98)
Lawyers Club of San Diego, Director (1985)


CEB Books Chapters on Bankruptcy: Small Business Bankruptcy, Ground Leases,and Debt Collection Manual
"Management's Fiduciary Duties Grow During Financial Distress," San Francisco and Los Angeles Daily Journal 2004
Personal and Small Business Bankruptcy, Section on Bankruptcy Litigation Continuing Education of the Bar 1996-04
"Report of the Debtor/Creditor Relations and Bankruptcy Committee" (with Whitney Rimel) California Legislative Bulletin 1996
"Limitations on Jurisdiction of the Bankruptcy Courts," Best of ABI 2012: The Year in Consumer Bankruptcy (2012)


National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, President's Exceptional Service Award (2020)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges, Public Outreach Award (2020)
U.S. Court for the Ninth Circuit, Distinguished Service Award (2016)
Listed in Best Lawyers in America; Southern California SuperLawyers; Best Lawyers in San Diego (2005-10),
Legal Aid Society of San Diego, Inc., Pro Bono Program Outstanding Service Awards (2004 and 2019)
The State Bar of California, The Wiley M. Manual Award for Pro Bono Legal Services (1998; 99; 03-04; 07)
U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of California, Mediator of the Year (2003)
YWCA, TWIN Award (1999)