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Honorable Thomas B. Donovan

Judge Tabs


United States Bankruptcy Court
Central District of California
Edward R. Roybal Federal Building and Courthouse
255 E. Temple Street, Suite 1352 / Courtroom 1345
Los Angeles, CA 90012

(213) 894-3728

Courtroom Deputy
(213) 894-6172

Court Recorder Contact
(213) 894-5011

Emergency Motion Contacts
(213) 894-1577
(213) 894-3746


Telephonic Instructions

Telephonic Appearances Procedures


The judge generally allows telephone appearances, as a courtesy, not as a right.

It is the requester’s duty to make arrangements using the judge’s designated conference call provider, CourtCall.
The attorneys can request a telephonic appearance through CourtCall.  The phone number is (888) 882-6878.  Website is

When appearing by phone, mind your mute button to avoid interfering with other hearings in progress.

No speaker phones allowed ever!

No cell phones allowed without a very good reason.

Updated 07/22/2015

Printable version of Judge Donovan's Telephonic Appearance Procedures


About the Judge



  • Married. Two grown children


  • San Jose State College (California), 1953-55
  • University of California at Berkeley, 1955-57, B.A.
  • Boalt Hall School of Law, University of California at Berkeley, 1959-62, J.D., Law Review

Military Service:

  • Entered active duty as 2LT, U. S. Army in 1957; released as 1LT in 1959 after service with Army Security Agency

Career Record:

  • 1962-63, Associate, Covington and Burling, Washington, DC
  • 1964-69, Associate then Partner, Dinkelspiel and Dinkelspiel, San Francisco, California
  • 1969-93, Partner, Dinkelspiel, Donovan and Reder, San Francisco, California
  • Admitted to the California Bar, 1963; District of Columbia Bar, 1963; U. S. Supreme Court Bar, 1966

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Fellow, American College of Bankruptcy
  • National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges
  • California Bankruptcy Forum
  • Financial Lawyers' Conference
  • Bankruptcy Committee, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Los Angeles Association of Business Trial Lawyers
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