Hon. Ralph B. Kirscher


Current Position

US Bankruptcy Judge (Ret.)
Missoula, MT

Class: XXII (2011)Circuit: Ninth


University of Montana, B.A. (1974)
American University, M.P.A. (1975)
University of Montana School of Law, J.D. (1979)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge (1999-2017)
Adjunct Lecturer, University of Montana School of Law (1992-97, 2004-2014)
Partner, Worden Thane P.C. (1986-99)
Partner, MacDonald & Kirscher (1984-86)
Partner, Private Law Practice (1979-84)


Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel (May 2010-2016)
Ninth Circuit Standing Committee on Bankruptcy Judge Appointments, Member-Observer (2006-07)
Ninth Circuit Judicial Council, Member-Observer (2006-07)
Ninth Circuit Conference of Chief Bankruptcy Judges: Member (1999-); Chair (2006-07)
Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Judges Education Committee (2002-05)
CM/ECF National Bankruptcy Working Group, U.S. Administrative Office of U.S. Courts (2001-03)
Ninth Circuit Committee on Public Information and Community Outreach (2000-03)
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (1999-)
Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit (1993-96)
American Bankruptcy Institute (1991-)
State Bar of Montana Bankruptcy Law Section (1988-99)


Author and frequent lecturer on all aspects of bankruptcy law.


Award for Exemplary Service, State Bar of Montana Bankruptcy Law Section (1996)