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Hon. Thomas B. Bennett (ret.)


The Honorable Thomas B. Bennett (Ret.) focuses his practice on insolvency and bankruptcy matters. Judge Bennett was appointed a US Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama in June 1995 and Chief US Bankruptcy Judge in January 2011. During his tenure, he presided over the Jefferson County, Alabama bankruptcy, at the time the largest municipal bankruptcy ever filed, and second today only to Detroit’s bankruptcy case.

In 2013, Judge Bennett was inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy, for his professional excellence and exceptional contributions to the fields of bankruptcy and insolvency.

He is an accomplished author and writes on a range of issues including bankruptcy and debtor/creditor rights, commercial law topics, theories of lender liability, and litigation issues such as evidence and rules of civil procedure.

Judge Bennett’s services performed out of the Washington, DC office are limited to mediation, arbitration, and expert witness engagements.

Awards & Accolades

Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy


  • Law Clerk, Hon. John R. Brown, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (1976 - 1977)

Government Service / Previous Employment

  • Chief US Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama (2011 - 2015)
  • US Bankruptcy Judge for the Northern District of Alabama (1995 - 2015)
  • Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia (1979 - 1990)


J.D., West Virginia University College of Law, 1976, Member of Moot Court Board, Order of the Coif

M.S., Economics, West Virginia University, 1972

B.S., Economics, West Virginia University, 1970


  • West Virginia
  • Texas
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • US District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia
  • Supreme Court of Texas

News & Insights

News & Insights

“Consent: Its Scope, Blips, Blemishes, and a Bekins Extrapolation Too Far,” 37 Campbell L. Rev. 1-23 (2015)

Contributing Author, Chapters 133 through 136, Bloomberg Law: Bankruptcy Treatise (December 2014)

“Fraudulent Transfers/Conveyances, Preferences, Subordination, and the Impact of Insider Status,” Eastern Mineral Law Special Institute on Bankruptcy in the Mining and Oil and Gas Industries (November 1991)

“Removal, Remand, and Abstention Related to Bankruptcies: Yet Another Litigation Quagmire!,” 27 Cumberland L. Rev. 1037-1105 (1997)

Co-Author with Professor Vincent Cardi “West Virginia Consumer Credit and Protection Act,” 77 W.Va.L.Rev. 401 (1975)

Community & Professional

Community and Professional Activities

State Bar of Texas

West Virginia State Bar

National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges

Birmingham Bar Association

American College of Bankruptcy

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