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Hon. Margaret M. Mann

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Southern District of California
325 West F Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Tel: 619-557-5848
Fax: 619-557-7026

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 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)


American College of Bankruptcy (2005-12)
Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee for the Ninth Circuit, Chair (2010-12)
Ninth Circuit New Bankruptcy Judges' Orientation Program (2012)
Federal Judicial Center Education Programs, Faculty Member (2012)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Conference Executive Committee (2009-10)
Southern District of California Lawyer Representative, Chair (2007-09)
Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) (2008-10)
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


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)
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)