United States Courts
Western district of Missouri
Federman Appointed as Chief Bankruptcy Judge
On January 1, 2012, Bankruptcy Judge Arthur B. Federman became the chief bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Missouri.
Judge Federman was born in 1951 in Kansas City. He graduated from the University of Kansas (1973), and with distinction from the University of Missouri—Kansas City School of Law (1976). At UMKC he was elected to the Order of the Bench and Robe, and was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Upon graduation from law school, he worked as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice, in Washington, D.C. From 1979 to 1989 he was in private practice in Kansas City, and served as a member of the Panel Trustees for the Western District of Missouri. While in private practice, in addition to being a Trustee, he represented debtors, creditors, and creditor committees in cases under Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Code. He was appointed as a Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Missouri on December 18, 1989, and reappointed in 2003. He currently serves as a member of the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel for the Eighth Circuit, and as a member of the Committee on Codes of Conduct of the Judicial Conference of the United States. He became a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy in 2003.