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Hon. Susan Pierson Sonderby

United States Bankruptcy Judge (Retired)


Class: VI (1995)Circuit: Seventh


Joliet Junior College, A.A. (1967)
University of Illinois, B.A. (1969)
The John Marshall Law School, J.D. (1973)

Professional Career

Chief Judge, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Illinois (1998-02)
U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Seventh Circuit (1986-12)
U.S. Trustee, Northern District of Illinois (1983-86)
Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Consumer Protection Division, Office of the Illinois Attorney General (1978-83)
Partner, O'Brien, Garrison, Berard, Kusta & DeWitt (1975-77)
Lecturer on bankruptcy law and consumer law.


American College of Bankruptcy, Emeritus Fellow, Circuit Admissions Committee
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts: Budget and Finance Advisory Council; Bankruptcy Judges Advisory Group
, Federal Judicial Training Center; Practising Law Institute; Department of Justice; National Bankruptcy Institute; Illinois Continuing Legal Education
DePaul University College of Law, Adjunct Faculty Member
Seventh Circuit Judicial Conference, Member, Planning Committee
National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
American Bankruptcy Institute
The Lawyers Club of Chicago, Honorary Member
The Nordic Law Club
The John Marshall Law School Alumni Association, Board of Directors
Commercial Law League of America
Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Inn of Court
Seventh Circuit Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, Chicago Chapter, Board Member


"United States Trustee," Illinois Continuing Legal Education Author


Selected as one of the 500 Leading Judges in America and featured in the January 2006 issue of Law Dragon Magazine,
Named "One of Ten Outstanding Bankruptcy Judges 2002" by Turnarounds & Workouts,
Listed in over 80 editions such as: Who's Who in American Law; The World's Who's Who of Women; Outstanding Women in America; The International Who's Who of Intellectuals,
American Bankruptcy Institute, Distinguished Service Award (1990)
The John Marshall Law School, Distinguished Alumni Award (1988)
Joliet Junior College, Distinguished Service Alumni Award (1987)
Executive Office of U.S. Trustees, Director's Award (1986)
Department of Justice, Special Achievement Award