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Hon. Mary Jo Heston


Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
1717 Pacific Ave.
Suite 2209
Tacoma, WA 98402-3233

Tel: 253-882-3954

Class: XII (2001)Circuit: Ninth


University of Washington, B.S., cum laude (1975)
University of Puget Sound School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1980)

Professional Career

Partner, Lane Powell PC (1993-2017)
Adjunct Professor of Debtor/Creditor Bankruptcy, Seattle University (1984-2005)
Adjunct Professor of Debtor/Creditor Bankruptcy, University of Washington (1997-99)
U.S. Trustee, Region XVII Department of Justice (1988-93)
Estate Administrator, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District (1982-87)
Law Clerk, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Judge Robert T. Skidmore (1981-82)
Law Clerk, U.S. District, Judge Walter T. McGovern (1980-81)
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court WDWA (02/01/2017 to Present)


CENTS (Pro Bono): President; Board Member; Former Secretary, Currently Judicial Liaison (1996-)
American Bankruptcy Institute Law Journal (2005-07)
St. Johns/ABI Law Review, Board Member (1993-04)
Debtor/Creditor Resource Committee: Board Member (1996-); Secretary (2004-)
INSOL International: ABI Representative & Chair of Subcommittee (1991-99)
American Bankruptcy Institute, Board Member (1991-97)
Turnaround Management Association: Board of Directors; President (NW Chapter) (2004-05); Board Member (2001-07)
American College of Bankruptcy Foundation, Board member (2009-); Pro Bono Committee (2012-)


"Missing Link of Bankruptcy Crime Prosecutions," Methods of Practice ABI Law Review 359 1998 Author
"Roundtable Discussion on Bankruptcy Crime," ABI Law Review 271 1998 Moderator
"Chapter 36: Bankruptcy," 1A WA Practice: Methods of Practice, 1989, 1997 Supp. Author West Publishing


Sidney C. Vollin Memorial Award of Merit (2003),
Chambers Recommended Attorney, (2005-)